Wood Destroying Pests (Termite) Inspection Specifics
The specifics straight down to the nitty gritty:
External Inspection: In general; places where there is moisture or cellulose.
- Drainage: Water troughs that run along side your roofs and into down spouts; should be contiguous.
- Natural flow of water away from your foundation. Like your roof, the ground surrounding your foundation should be slightly sloped to allow water to flow away from your foundation and ultimately to a civic drainage system. Water damage to the external walls; paint discoloration; molds, moldy smell etc.
- Water (hose) outlets: Leaking? Water Buildup permeating the foundation? Adequate drainage from the foundation?
- Cellulose deposits: Firewood? Anything with cellulose. How is Cellulose materials stored? Off of the ground or In contact with the soil? All wood should be raised (bricks under pallet,etc.) Against the foundation? Wood should not come in contact with any of the external walls of the home; I recommend at least 2 feet of space.
- Soil levels on the foundation; should be less than 2 inches from the top of the concrete slab.
- Does the customer have a wooden fence? If so, do wooden posts run right into the ground? Any wood to soil contact?
- Any signs of termite activity (mud tubes, wings)…both inactive and active; I also look for previous termite treatments.
- I am looking primarily at the places where moisture is present. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Mud rooms, and around HVAC entry/exit points. I am checking for signs of water damage; rots, mold, fungi, etc.
- I look at all windows and doors or other entry points on all external walls. I am looking for bulges and other irregularities in the wood. Using a stethoscope and if necessary; various probes I will look for various types of termite indicators (inactive/active).
This is basically what I would look for. I tried to keep it very simple as to give you a clue as to what your inspector might be looking for. Hopefully this will help you when preparing to have a termite inspection. These guidelines may help; but are no guarantee for a passing report.
If you do not receive an “all-clear” report; you will be notified of issues found during the inspection. Generally you are given a period of time to get these problems fixed; and the report amended. Good Luck.