Termite Home Inspection

Termite Home Inspection

By: Johan

What will the termite home inspection crew look for?
This will naturally vary between different termite home inspection companies, and it is therefore very important question to ask this question in advance. Several companies will offer their customers a larger package where they will inspect not only for termites, but for a wide range of different wood destroying insects and organisms.

In the United States, many termite home inspection companies use a form known as the NPCA-1 Wood Destroying Inspect Infestation Inspection Report. When this report is used, the inspection will typically be limited to termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants and re-infesting wood boring beetles.  

Termite home inspection report
A reputable company will always leave you a form or similar document where all the details regarding the termite home inspection can be found. A good termite home inspection company will make sure that this document is easy to understand for the average home owner; you should not need 4 years of termite control school to comprehend the terminology used in the inspection document. The termite home inspection document should not only contain information about any findings, it should also state which parts of your home that have been inspected.

What happens after the termite home inspection?
If the termite home inspection results in any findings, the inspection company will propose one or several forms of treatment. In some cases, home owners purchase packages that include regular inspections and guarantee that any findings will result in comprehensive termite treatment free of charge. This solution can be compared to a form of termite insurance, since you will pay a predetermined fee regardless of whether your home becomes infested or not. In most cases, there is however no such agreement between the termite home inspection company and the house owner. The house owner will therefore have to decide what to do when he or she receives the results of the termite home inspection .

Termite home treatments should ideally involve direct treatment as well as preventive measures. Direct treatment will focus on eradicating existing termite colonies in and around your home. Termite baits is the most commonly used method for direct treatment. Termite prevention will usually involve liquid anti-termite products that are applied to the soil around your house. These products will make it more difficult for the termites to return and re-infest your home.

If severe wood damage has already occurred, some termite elimination companies will not be able to repair the damaged wood themselves. They will however typically be able to recommend a building contractor specialised in this type of replacement work. It is always recommended to compare several different building contractors before you settle for one since price as well as quality can vary significantly.

Are termite home inspections necessary in colder climates?
Yes, unfortunately wood destroying termites are not limited to warm parts of the world. You can for instance find wood destroying termites in Alaska; a very cold part of the United States. Termites can survive low winter temperatures by hibernating. A cold climate will therefore slow down the growth rate of a termite colony, but eventually a colony will be large enough to cause severe wood damage even in cold parts of the world. Termite home inspections are therefore recommended even in cold regions with severe winters.

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