The Wood Destroying Insect inspection:
Wood destroying insects are very common and cause damage to many homes. The Wood Destroying Insect Inspection will attempt to visually identify evidence of Wood Destroying Insects and any damage they may have caused to the home. Most of the wood structural framing that termites and other wood destroying insects can attack, is hidden and not visible.
Evidence of termite activity and damage:
Your inspector will go through the attic and basement or crawlspace if accessible. These are places where the structural framing of your home can be inspected. However, limitations to the inspection include the presence of insulation and the occupant’s furnishings and storage. Since plaster or drywall covers most of the home’s structural framing your inspector is only able to visually inspect about 10% or less of the home’s wood framing. This leaves a substantial amount of the home that cannot be inspected for termites and other wood destroying insects. Termites can gain access to the home through any small openings in the foundation or exterior. After they have gained access, it could be years before there is any obvious damage.
Termites can gain access to the home through any small openings in the foundation or exterior. After they have gained access, it could be years before there is any obvious damage.