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Written by Tim Denner
on May 21, 2019

 

A termite inspection is something that every homeowners should get done. Termites will silently eat away at your house and continue to do damage until you take steps to stop them. Oftentimes termite damage goes unnoticed or unrecognized until it is extensive. Proactively scheduling a termite inspection can help you catch a problem in the earlier stages and hopefully prevent costly damage. When you have your home inspected for termites you can expect the inspector to look for termite activity, signs of damage, and issues that may attract termites. After the inspection is complete, you should expect to receive a termite inspection report that outlines the current condition of your home and provides recommendations for treatment. The inspection report will leave you knowing what steps to take next in order to protect your home from termites. 

Signs of termite activity

During the inspection, the inspector will look for signs of termite activity. These signs include actually seeing termites, spotting mud tubes that termites build and travel through, and discovering damage to the wood in your home. Signs of activity can point to an active infestation or a previous infestation. A termite professional will be able to determine if the presence of mud tubes and termite damage points to a current or previous infestation. The inspector will also look for problems around your home that lead to the creation of an ideal environment for termites. Moisture problems, dry rot, plumbing leaks, fungus, and mold issues can all point to an issue with water in or around your house. Termites are attracted to a moisture rich environment which is why looking for water issues is an important part of a termite inspection.

Termite inspection report

When you have your home inspected for termites you should expect to receive an inspection report. A termite inspection report will provide you with important information about signs of current termite activity, description of termite damage, evidence of previous treatment, and recommendations for treatment moving forward. The purpose of the inspection report is to give you a clear understanding of the current condition of your house and guide you toward the best steps moving forward. If your home is found to have an active infestation the report will include treatment options and repair recommendations. If no infestation is found, the report will include information about periodic termite protection options for the future. You can expect the inspection report to be full of detailed and helpful information about the status and needs of your home.

Getting a professional termite inspection is a way for you to proactively care for your home. Ignoring the possibility of termites in your home can lead to extensive and costly damage. The best way to prevent future repair costs from termite damage is to face the possibility of termites now. A termite inspection will provide you with all of the information you need to protect your home from termites now and going forward.

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