Termites are the most destructive insect pests in the United States, causing more than $2 billion in damages in each year - that is more property damage than fire and windstorms combined. United Inspection Group utilizes the latest technology to provide quick and reliable results. We certified to perfume WDO (termite) Inspections. Order a termite inspection today and protect your investments! Remember, when United Inspection Group works, you save!
What Are Wood Destroying Organisms?
When people hear the phrase ‘wood destroying organisms,’ (WDOs) most of them immediately think of termites. Termites damage over 600,000 American homes each year. They fall into a subgroup of WDOs called wood destroying insects. They share this title with carpenter bees, powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and other insects.
When performing a WDO inspection, United Inspection Group looks for wood decay, evidence of past infestations, damage to wooden structures, evidence of past treatments and favorable conditions for infestations. Any of these signs can indicate the presence of these organisms. When wood is protected from insects and moisture, it can last for centuries. If it’s not safeguarded, however, serious damage can occur. Termite damage alone costs an average of $3,300 for a homeowner to get repaired. Wood destroying organisms are much more than a common inconvenience.
Do I Need a WDO Inspection?
Many states require a WDO report prior to selling a home. If they don’t, though, most banks, guarantors and mortgage companies will mandate such a report to ensure they’re making a sound investment. If your loan is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for instance, an FHA inspection isn’t the only requirement necessary to close on the loan. This may seem like a hassle, but it ensures that homebuyers don’t end up paying thousands of dollars on repairs down the road. If you notice any of the following issues, it is time to call a WDO expert:
• Mold growth in the home
• Whitish-yellowing tinge on wood
• Wood that feels spongy or “gives” with pressure
• Soil in wood cracks and crevices
• Any areas of rot
While this is not an exhaustive list of issues, they are some of the most common signs that wood destroying organisms are present. Reacting to these problems immediately is vital.