For purposes of a real estate transaction, Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection there must be visible evidence of active infestation in the structure or visible evidence of a previous infestation in the structure with no evidence of prior treatment to recommend a corrective treatment. Conditions that are conducive to wood destroying insect infestations should be identified. These conducive conditions should be corrected mechanically or chemically. Preventative treatments may be recommended when conducive conditions exist.
Corrective Treatment: Treatment intended to correct existing conditions to reduce or eliminate the possibility of WDI within a structure.
Preventive Treatment: Treatment intended to hinder or help prevent WDI infestation within a structure.
The purpose of the inspection is to provide a report regarding the absence or presence of Wood Destroying Insects (WDI). The inspection should provide the basis for recommendations of preventive or remedial actions to minimize economic losses. Inspection reports issued in connection with a real estate transaction shall be made on a form (SPCB\T-2) prescribed and officially adopted by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board.
Upon completion of a WDI inspection, the inspector is required post a durable sign. The name and address of the licensee, the date of the inspection, and a statement that the notice should not be removed is required to be posted adjacent to the hot water heater or electric breaker box or beneath the kitchen sink
Many inspections are made when a structureEAS INSPECTED is occupied, limiting the inspection to accessible areas that can be easily seen when walking through the room at the time of the inspection.
Inspectors are not required to move furniture, posters, pictures, paintings, appliances, carpets, throw rugs, plants, insulation, stored items, etc. The best time to inspect is when the structure is vacant and clean.
When a person is buying a home any area(s) that was inaccessible at the time of the inspection should be viewed by the client(s) at the time of the final walk-through (just before closing) and if any questionable areas are noted the inspection company should be notified and arrangements made for a follow-up inspection. Do not wait until after the sale is closed for any follow up inspections or questions. Treatment costs come out of your pocket after you own your new home.
The inspector and/or company is not responsible for repairs to damage disclosed, in addition, hidden damage may exist in concealed or inaccessible areas. WDI damages disclosed at the time of inspection do not represent the entirety of the damages which may exist. WDI reports are written based on a visual inspection. No guarantee is made as to the absence of wood-destroying insects and/or damage due to the inaccessible and concealed areas within a structure.
Without positive information from the seller, an opinion regarding previous treatment is limited. If certain treatment signs are seen it may be assumed that the structure has been treated, but no judgments as to the quality or thoroughness of the treatment can be given due to the lack of information provided to the inspector. If a structure was treated and the warranty has lapsed, the structure should be put back under warranty for your own protection.
Conducive conditions are conditions that increase the possibility of termite infestation and should be corrected when possible and closely monitored. Correction of standard or typical conducive conditions is not necessarily required by this report and such information is simply presented as added information.
If the report says there is no visible evidence of wood destroying insects, does it mean the structure is termite free?
NO. A visual WDI inspection is limited to what can be seen at the time of the inspection. It is possible for WDI to be active in areas that are not visible to the eye such as inside construction voids, walls, behind paneling and/or baseboards, behind or under stored items, carpets and furniture.
Does a “clear” report guarantee against WDI?
NO. A “clear” report means only that no visible evidence of WDI was noted at the time of the inspection.
Since my house has been “cleared” does this mean that my house won’t get termites?
NO. Any structure in this area is subject to infestation from WDI at any time.
If my house has been treated does it mean that my house is termite proof?
NO. There are several conditions that could occur at any time that would make your house susceptible to re-infestation. If the treatment guarantee is in force at the time you purchase your home, serious consideration should be given to keep the guarantee in force.
If WDI are found on my property does it mean that sooner or later they will attack my home?
NO. If you look hard enough, WDI can be found somewhere on any piece of property in the San Antonio area. This itself does not mean your home will be invaded, however, it does increase the possibility.
This information was compiled by Adams Termite & Pest Control located in San Antonio, Texas
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