The Importance of a Termite Inspection
A termite inspection is often a crucial part of getting a home appraised before buying it.
Naturally, a prospective homeowner wants to know if the property is infested with termites prior to purchase. In addition, banks may not lend you money until the home you are interested in buying has been certified termite-free.
The potential for damage is great enough that if the structure is being attacked by termites the purchase should be reconsidered. Termites are known for eating untreated wood and causing the destruction of buildings and other structures. Their destructiveness is not limited to this. Termites can chew even plastic, paper, and cloth.
One of the reasons these insects are able to cause such prolific property damage is that they are very good at concealing themselves. On your inspection of the property you may observe obvious signs of infestation like mud-tubes or swarming termites but the absence of these obvious signs does not mean the property is clear of termites. A professional will be better able to judge the extent of the colony’s presence.
A termite inspection can be done very quickly. The inspector is looking for a number of things including the aforementioned mud-tubes (also called “shelter tubes”), winged termites, and holes filled with dirt, among many other signs.
A termite inspector’s report will tell a home-owner two things: how bad the present infestation is, and where the termites will attack next. Once it has been determined that there is an infestation, then steps to deal with it (usually using termicides) can be taken.
The consequence of not spotting a termite infestation is usually far more costly than the inspection fee.