Buying a home is a milestone in everyone’s life, especially if you are about to become a homeowner for the first time. As you prepare to buy your first home, you’ll be exposed to a whole new world of insurance, control, mortgage rates and so on. But what about pest inspections, especially termites? How is a termite inspection done?
What is recommended
It is recommended to carry out termite checks at least once a year or more often if you live in areas with a high risk of termite. To keep some warranties valid, termite checks are necessary – so take the time to read the service contracts and discuss this with a professional pest checker.
You protect your home against theft, accidents and other misfortunes by using insurance. Do you leave him open to destruction by termites?
Annual termite inspections are necessary for early detection of termite activity on the property to prevent potential large-scale damage and costly repairs.
What happens during the inspection
When inspecting termites, you can expect the inspector to devote approximately one and a half to two hours to thoroughly examine your property. This time interval will of course vary depending on the size of the property. The inspector will look at the internal and external areas of your home, checking for visible signs of termite invasion, including faeces, broken wings, mud pipes and damaged wood.
The inspector will check your skirting boards, walls, windows, creep spaces, door frames, wardrobe and wardrobe interiors. During this inspection he will need access to every part of the house, including the garage and attic, and will pay particular attention to bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms . Why? Because underground termites often use places where plumbing penetrates the slab to gain access to the house.
Outside the house, the inspector will look at the outside walls and hoods of the house and examine the foundation thoroughly. In addition to signs of damage to the wood, the inspector will look for mud pipes on the foundation. After a thorough examination of the house itself, the inspector will move to the surrounding property and yard to make sure that these areas show no signs of termite activity.
How long does the inspection take?
An average termite inspection takes about 30 to 45 minutes for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions (e.g., clutter, storage of personal belongings, etc.) of the home and property.
Why check the attic if termites stay close to the ground?
Controlling termites is really controlling insects that destroy wood. The inspector is also looking for other types of wood-destroying insects, such as ants and carpentry bees.
Does termite control cover all types of wood-destroying organisms?
It depends mainly on the status and local code. The NJ state uses the NPMA-33 wood-destroying insect inspection report, which limits its scope to inspection of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and re-infection of boring beetles. Controls do not include mold-destroying organisms, mold or other wood-destroying organisms.