What is Termite Inspection?
Termite Inspection is also known as termiticide inspection. Inspection is a broad term commonly utilized to describe the procedure of visually inspecting and visualizing the physical condition of buildings, soil, and other such items so that proper preventive measures can be taken against future infestations. The term is frequently used interchangeably with soil inspection. In the United States, the most common use of the term Termite Inspection has been in connection with the preparation for or giving advice concerning the bearing of out an application of pesticides or other chemicals for the treatment of termites. In the United Kingdom, the term is sometimes used in connection with the application of pesticides for the control of termites.
This is the detection of the existence and locations of the underground termites. It is typically performed on an annual basis when performing a pre-treatment inspection prior to the application of pesticides. Such a service by a qualified Termite Inspector will normally include a comprehensive visual examination of the underside, base, and crown (the uppermost surface portion) of the wood substrate, which is about 85% of the total Termite population.
What is Termite Inspection for?
The primary purpose of Termite Inspection by a qualified inspector is to detect termite activity before damage occurs. One common sign of subterranean termite activity is the presence of wood-destroying insects and their nesting places within the soil. Termite inspections are frequently employed by commercial real estate and home buyers prior to the purchase because it is a common knowledge that termites present a significant and potential threat to structural integrity of a building. In many states, a Termite Inspection is not required by Realtors but can be utilized if requested by the buyer.
In the United States, a termite inspection is generally a requirement before a home or commercial building is sold. Realtors and home sellers have an obligation to do a Termite Inspection of the house. This is to insure the building is not at risk for termite damage. Termites are small, soft-bodied insects that feed on a variety of materials and can cause significant damage to structures.
Some states, like South Carolina require a Termite Inspection prior to the sale of the property. The inspector checks the exterior and interior of the building for evidence of termite activity. They may also do routine visual inspections of basement walls and crawl spaces. The inspector will identify areas that are most vulnerable to damage and may suggest termite control methods to address the problem. In rare instances where a termite inspection by an independent, not a Realtor, indicates the presence of colonies of these pests inside the house, a licensed Termite Control Specialist can be called in to treat the colony.
Who Can Deliver the Services?
A Termite Inspection by a qualified inspector will typically include a visual inspection of the foundation, interior of the house, roofing, sub-areas, exterior areas and crawlspaces. The inspector will conduct a visual examination using special equipment to detect the presence of the insect, with a focus on areas of high moisture. Specialized tools are used to determine where the colony is concentrated. If there is to be a Termite inspection and treatment, the inspector will also conduct visual examinations of the surrounding soil to determine if termites have begun to build a tunnel or other entrance into the structure.
A termite inspection by an independent Realtor or licensed contractor uses specialized tools for detecting the presence of colonies of these pests in the house. Some professionals prefer to do it while conducting other house or property maintenance visits. Most states require termite inspections to be performed periodically, and some require them to be performed on a yearly basis. These periodic inspections are usually done during the summer when temperatures are high and when wood destroying insects are active.
Termite Inspectors has a checklist of areas to check during the Termite Inspection. It is important for the homeowners to verify that all areas on the Termite Inspection checklist are included on the property. Areas not on the checklist but considered as a significant concern by the inspectors should be investigated to see if they present a danger to the structure or the occupants of the house. These areas should be investigated by the owners prior to applying a Termite Control Treatment. Some general areas of concern include the garage door opener, doors in closets, baseboards, insulation, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring and flashings near windows, doors and windows.