Termites are known to be responsible for a significant amount of damage to properties. Repairing the damage caused by an infestation of termites is reported to cost millions of dollars each year.
An effective preventive measure to avoid the potential damage of a termite infestation is to call on the services of a skilled inspector to thoroughly inspect and treat either a business or residential property.
In general, the termite inspection is commissioned for two main reasons:
Firstly it might be because the homeowner believes that the property might have an infestation of termites.
Secondly, it might be because a property is being put up the sale and the prospective new owner has initiated a full home inspection. If it is the homeowner that initiates the termite inspection, then the inspection might be more targeted and the inspection might relate to a specific area of the property.
Whereas, with the home transaction, the inspection is likely to be wide-ranging and the report could inspect all vulnerable areas of a property.
If you are planning on having a termite inspection carried out on a property you will want to be aware that an inspection is either full or limited. A full inspection is designed to examine every aspect of a property to search for vulnerabilities and damage caused by termites.
A skilled inspector will check all relevant areas, as well and other destructive creatures such as beetles and carpenter ants. A full inspection also involves inspecting both the interior and exterior surfaces of a property, from the roof to the foundation.
A limited inspection is often conducted in a specific or localized area of the property where an infestation is already believed to have taken hold.
The inspector will conduct an in-depth examination of this area to establish the degree of damage if any. If the homeowners’ concerns are legitimate and that the localized area is infected, then the pest controller can offer an estimate to treat the area.
On completion of the inspection, the inspector provides a written report on any potential damage and details what course of action might be taken to rectify the problem.
The report will detail the level of structural damage to the property and detail the cause of the damage, especially if it was done by something else other than termites.
Other entities that can be a cause for concern related to fungi or beetles. If any significant structural damage is clear, then that will be clearly highlighted in the generated reports.
Termites are known to favor wet and damp areas and dark places – these are the places to look out for and you will need to remove wood that is lying around as also pools of water as these will attract termites and cause a termite infestation that can destroy the very foundation of your home.
Termites will always leave a trail and tiny holes where they have dug into the wood – these are signs that you need to look for, and when you suspect that you have a termite infestation, you can get in touch with the termite Inspector who will do a professional analysis and advise you on the treatment you will need to implement.