When someone hears a ‘wood destroying organism', they immediately think of termites. Those first impressions are surprisingly good considering the amount of termites that damage over 600,000 American homes annually.
When someone wants to sell their property, they often try to avoid a WDO inspection. Some people think it will cause unnecessary delays for the banks and mortgage lenders and try and bypass the protocol by introducing a new one. Those who view these concepts as unproductive do not know that WDO is important to them.
Truth be told, a WDO inspector is most helpful to buyers rather than sellers or real estate agents. This termite inspection should be done on all homes a buyer may want. The correct WDO Inspection takes approximately 1 hour to carry out depending on the size and complexity of the home.
Termites are actually classified in WDO categories as wood destroying insects. These pests share the same names as Carpenter beetles, powder beetles, Carpenter Ants and some other pests.
Our WDO inspectors, look beyond insects. Wood decay is among the possible issues the inspector can investigate. Wood decay is caused by different types of fungi that are feeding on the wood in your home. The term ‘wood rot’ is actually a misnomer because these fungi need oxygen to survive and they do not actually ‘rot’ the wood.
If you are purchasing a home in St. Augustine, Jacksonville and surrounding areas it is important to have a WDO inspection and a WDO inspection report. We are qualified to perform complete WDO inspections and fill out the required reports..
Island Home Inspectors of North Florida, LLC is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services to inspect for WDO's and Termites. Since we are not a pest control company and do not apply any chemicals we can offer non biased reports based on our findings, better serving our customers in St. Augustine, Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
Subterranean termite Termite infestation is a major problem in Florida and across America. Subterranean Termites cause more than 5 Billion dollars worth of damage every year to US residents, with their voracious appetite being detrimental towards your home whether it’s made out wood or concrete!
Once they enter into our houses there's no telling what will happen until it does. Termites can hollow out beams as well as floor joists which could lead them chewing through walls on top. You might not even see any signs right away, but don't take chances. Make sure you have an annual WDO and Termite inspection by professionals who are familiarized enough about these pesky creatures so they know how best protect against them.
If you're buying a home in St. Augustine, Jacksonville and surrounding areas don't forget to have a Termite Inspection.
Wood Destroying Beetles are another type of wood destroying insects that can be discovered at the WDO inspection.
Powder post beetles and Old House Borers are most common scavengers of wood. The powderpost and ambrosia beetles are two of the most destructive insects to wooden furniture. These pests leave behind a flour-like material after burrowing tunnels through wood, which can cause major tree diseases in trees leading up until they die or become unsafe for humans living nearby
The beetles are generally far less vulnerable to attack than termites, which reproduce easily and cause far greater damage.
A wood decay fungi is a type of fungi that feeds on wood. There are many different types of wood decay fungi, and they can cause serious damage to buildings and other structures made of wood. Wood decay fungi need oxygen to survive. They typically grow on the surface of wood, where they can get access to oxygen. Wood decay fungi can cause several problems for homeowners and building owners. First, they can cause structural damage to buildings and other structures. The fungi can weaken the wood, making it more susceptible to breakage. In some cases, the damage caused by wood decay fungi can be so severe that the structure may need to be demolished. Second, wood decay fungi can also cause health problems for people who are exposed to them. The fungi can release spores into the air, which can be inhaled by people. In some cases, these spores can cause respiratory problems, such as asthma. If you suspect you have a problem with wood decay fungi, it's important to contact a licensed pest control professional for a WDO inspection.
WDO inspection in Florida is important because if left unchecked, wood-destroying organisms can cause significant damage to a home. Wood-destroying organisms include termites, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles. These pests can create structural issues that make a home unsafe.
Damage from these pests can range from cosmetic damage to the woodwork in a home to complete destruction of the building. In some cases, wood-destroying organisms can even cause health problems for people who are exposed to them.
That’s why it’s so important to have a WDO inspection performed if you think you might have an infestation. Our certified and licensed WDO inspector will be able to identify the type of pests present and recommend a treatment.
Firstly, we need to check to see whether you were targeted. If termites and ants visit the home they will leave a call card but you may not see it. It costs an estimated $5 billion to rebuild a building every single year due to termite damage. Definitely hire a professional. Check out these things.
In many circumstances it's deemed mandatory. Often banks and investors require the WDO inspection to verify their investment performance and to protect their investment.
FHA termite inspection guidelines require every home to be free from termites and other wood destroying insects before the home can be financed with an FHA insured mortgage. FHA has very clear standards that every house must be free of pesky insects like this before it's approved as well- insure against costly repairs down the line!
Some common WDO inspection findings include wood rot, termite damage, and water leaks. Wood rot is caused by moisture and can lead to structural problems if left unaddressed. Termites are small insects that feed on wood and can cause extensive damage to homes if left unchecked. Water leaks can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can lead to health problems for residents
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