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Know the health of the property you are buying with a solid inspection by our Pest Inspection Virginia Team. A Pest Inspection is extremely important but what does it cover? Is it a Termite Inspection? Is it a house hold Pest Inspection? Its formal name is a Timber Pest Inspection which looks for Termites, Wood Borers, and Wood Decay Fungi and is an integral part of any Pre Purchase Inspection.
Think of a Timber Pest Inspection as a "Super Charged" Termite Inspection.
We can add another detrimental element to a home that our Virginia Timber Pest Inspector looks for and that is moisture. Due to construction design, most houses will have some level of moisture. Above this level is when you start running into issues, termites and wood decay will thrive in such environments.
Called a "Conducive Environment", these areas of concern are hot spots for termite activity. It can be as simple as;
- Garden up against the house providing a source of food, warm and moisture
- Air Conditioning drain leaking directly onto the ground next to the house
- Hot water over flow on older systems can constantly drip providing a water source
- Trees stumps or tree crowns left in the ground to slowly rot away
- Poor drainage under the house keeping the subfloor damp
These are just a simple few and I bet you would have at least 3 out of the 5 around your house now. More information about "Conducive Environments" can be found here on our Termite Barrier Page.
It is important that the Pest Inspectionincludes the yard and fence line as it is common to find a nest in a garden surrounded by mulch Over time the weather will break down any soft timber previously coated in a "termite resistant" chemical and it's not uncommon to find a termite sub nest in a timber sleeper retaining wall. This is where experience matters. Our Pest Inspection Virginia Teams understand the characteristics of the different termite species and this gives us a better approach to finding them.
Wood Borers are also a common find. Preloved furniture is the common culprit on how wood borers eneter your home. Laying their eggs in the timber cracks, most of the time we are finding them attacking timber floor boards. They can be treated with a water based chemical but we find it's best to locate the affected timbers and have them replaced.
The most common wood borers are;
- Common Furniture Beetle
- House Longhorn Beetle
- Powder Post Beetle
Some Do-It-Yourselfers recommend wiping the affected areas with diesel. This is something we DEFINITELY do not recommend.
Wood Decay Fungus
One of the most comon timber destroyers around everyhouse is Wood Decay. Several types of fungus eat the damp wood making it rot away like dead skin. Not as damaging as Termites but given the right environment it can posed a threat to timbers in your home. In some areas of the home (hidden areas like the ceiling space) wood decay can do considerable amount of damage over the course of a year. Lignicolous Fungi is responsible for the wood decay. They can be classed as;
- Brown rot
- Soft rot and,
- White rot
The fix is to remove the damaged timber and remove the moisture source.
A Timber Pest Inspection should be part of any due diligence when purchasing a home. Most Timber Pest activity goes undiscovered to the naked eye so it's important to have our Pest Inspection Virginia Experts look over the property. Give us a call and compare our quote. We will save you!Termite Inspection | Building And Pest Inspection