A termite inspection is a visible inspection of accessible areas of a structure for the purpose of identifying wood-destroying organisms such as termites, fungus, beetles, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. These items, which indicate current infestation, infection or damage, are labeled as Section 1 on the termite report.
In addition to identification of wood-destroying pests, the inspection will also identify conditions that can lead to infestation or damage such as earth-to-wood contacts, cellulose debris, excessive moisture conditions (leaks, inadequate ventilation), large foundation cracks, faulty grade levels, grout cracks). These items would be labeled as Section 2 on a termite report.
The following areas of a home would normally be inspected:
- Stall Showers
- Porches & Steps
- Attic Spaces
- Decks & Patios
Please note the inspection is limited to visible and accessible portions of the structure and areas that an inspector could not view during the original inspection would be considered unknown and further inspection would be recommended.
Preparation For An Inspection
- Clear all storage away from attic and crawl space access openings
- Clear storage in garage away from perimeter walls as possible (move to center of garage)
- Be sure water supply to the structure is turned on and functional (to check for potential leaks)
- Inform the inspector of conditions or areas where you suspect a problem may exist
Areas Serve: Santa Clara, Alameda County and San Mateo County