A Wood Destroying Pest & Organism Inspection or WDO Inspection, more commonly know as a Termite Inspection, is an inspection of any type of structure by a licensed termite company or WDO Operator to determine if wood destroying infestations, infections and resulting damage are present. In addition, adverse conditions that are conducive to infestation, infection and future damage and/or conditions that have already caused infestation, infection and damage are evaluated and reported as well. An experienced termite inspector will provide a complete expert analysis of conditions that attack wood and cause structural damage.
Most people do not consider the advantages of termite inspections unless they are buying or selling a property. Having your home or building inspected on a regular basis is a very beneficial property maintenance practice that will pay for itself. Early detection, timely maintenance and control measures as they may become necessary, are essential in avoiding extensive and more costly repairs later on. The nominal inspection fee you will pay for thorough WDO Inspection and accurate WDO Report by an experienced WDO Inspector is a sound property maintenance investment.
After inspection is made, a Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Inspection Report (WDO Report or Termite Report) is prepared that will list each finding with a recommendation to perform appropriate repairs, treatments or other corrective measures necessary to provide the best remedy for each finding. If you have more than one WDO Report prepared for the same property within an approximate four month period by different termite companies, the same findings should appear on all reports. The recommendations however, can vary depending on the experience and opinion of the termite inspector.
As a standard business practice in the Bay Area, most termite companies provide “Sectioned” WDO Reports. Sectioned reports categorize each finding listed in the report, by tagging them as Section One, Section Two or Further Inspection. A definition of the Section categories will appear just before the findings and recommendations in a Sectioned Termite Report. A Section One finding is where evidence of active wood destroying infestation or infection was found and any resulting damage that has occurred. Section Two findings are adverse conditions that can lead to infestation, infection and damage but has not yet occurred. A few common examples of Section Two findings are stall shower pan leaks, plumbing leaks and earth to wood contacts. Further Inspection means additional investigation of an inaccessible area is required to fully determine the absence or presence of infestation, infection, damage or adverse conditions.
The sectioned categorization of report findings was devised to aid and assist in real estate transactions. In the process of a typical real estate transaction, the sales contract and/or the lender may require the correction of all infestations, infections and damage prior to the close of escrow. Identifying these findings and recommendations with a Section One tag, provides a concise quick reference as to the findings that address infestation, infection and damage. Section One findings are usually paid for by the property owner / seller with Section Two and Further Inspection findings left to the discretion and expense of the property buyer. In order for a termite company to “Certify” a property free and clear of infestation, infection and damage without exception, all Section One corrections must be completed. A Certification statement is then issued by the termite company inspector on a Notice of Work Completed or Reinspection Report. Section Two and Further Inspection findings do not have to be performed in order to achieve Certification.
All findings and recommendations outlined in a Termite Report are important and require attention. Obviously, Section One findings are more urgent and require immediate action. Don’t discount the significance of Section Two Findings or procrastinate their correction, these conditions will not get better with time. Pay attention to recommendations for Further Inspection and discuss with your inspector. All structures have Inaccessible Areas as a result of construction details (enclosed framing members) and random invasive inspection of these areas is not practical and is cost prohibitive. If your WDO Report states that there is evidence of infestation, infection and/or damage extending into inaccessible areas, Further Inspection is necessary to determine the true condition of wood members in these areas.
State regulations and licensing for WDO companies are in place to protect you as a consumer, by creating a high standard of procedure and responsibility for licensees. The WDO trade is a technical specialty trade requiring experience, training and continuing education regarding entomology, botany, pesticide chemistry, construction and the law to obtain and maintain a Branch 3 Structural Pest Control Operator or Field Representative License. This provides consumers of WDO services the assurances of competent and appropriate business practices by a licensee, with an avenue of recourse in the event of wrong doing. WDO Operators or termite companies are specialty contractors and licensed, bonded and insured experts, that are licensed to perform identification of wood destroying pests and organisms, perform structural repairs of damage caused by wood destroying pests and organisms, perform treatments for the control of wood destroying pests and organisms as per a WDO Report.
The most common wood destroying pests to the San Francisco Bay Area routinely found during inspections, are Subterranean Termites, Drywood Termites, various Wood Boring Beetles and Dampwood Termites. The Subterranean and Drywood Termite species are more prevalent and typically are responsible for the majority of structural damage created by infestations. For more information about Wood Destroying Pests visit our Wood Destroying Pest Control page.
Wood decay, fungus infection or dry rot is by far the most common and destructive condition found in Bay Area structures. Wood Destroying Fungi creates serious structural damage in a relatively short period of time in comparison to any wood destroying infestation. Furthermore, fungus infection often accompanies wood destroying pest infestations, making the potential for extensive damage that much more likely. For more information about Wood Destroying Organisms visit our Wood Destroying Pest Control page.
Seven Good Reasons to have your property inspected
A WDO report will bring you up to date as to the condition of your home and bring to your attention possible conditions that you may not be aware of.
Planning to sell your home? Get informed ahead of time and address any issues before you enter into a transaction. This can save time, money and stress versus a buyer’s termite inspection report surprising you. This will also build good will and value with a potential buyer.
Planning on buying a home? It is very important to know what you’re getting for your money. Being informed of any additional costs attached to the property you are buying is crucial. Even if a recent termite report exists on the property, it is a good practice to get more than one expert evaluation and professional opinion.
Planning the installation of a new roof? Time after time, we see new roof coverings installed over damaged roof structure framing. Most roof framing repairs require removal of roofing to appropriately facilitate these repairs. It pays to have a WDO inspection performed prior to installing a new roof covering. Do not rely on your roofing contractor to identify, evaluate or correct WDO issues.
Planning a remodel or addition project? By having a termite inspection ahead of time, you become aware of unknown issues that can affect the timeline and budget plan of your project.
WDO Reports can be used as an equal comparison reference or defined work description, when comparing competitive home repair bids from more than one WDO Operator or General Contractor. Acquiring three bids is advised.
A WDO Report can be used as an official document and work description when acquiring building permits for a structural repair project. Be sure to obtain building permits for your structural repair project.
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