Termite / WDI Inspections Fort Worth Texas

Note: At this time I am not offering termite / WDI inspections as a stand alone service and only performed with full
home inspections,


When purchasing a new home, you should take every precaution to ensure it is free of termites and other wood
destroying insects. There is a saying.......it is not if your home will get termites, it's when. It is unusual to see a
house older than twenty years that has not had termites or a termite treatment.
I am licensed through the
Texas Department of Agriculture to perform termite / WDI (wood destroying insect)
inspections and I can perform this inspection at the same time as your home inspection. This makes the home
buying process easier and less stressful since you do not have to find another company to perform this service.
This requires a separate license, training and insurance to perform WDI inspections and most inspectors are not
licensed for this and will usually call a pest company to come out for the inspection. With me, you will know who will
performing this inspection for you, along with my 1 year warranty on all qualified termite inspections.

Do I really need a termite / WDI inspection?
Unless you are buying a brand new home, the answer is yes. For the low cost of a termite inspection, would it not
be worth the peace of mind knowing your home is free of termites? I have seen homes less that three years old
with termite infestation. Most lenders will require a WDI report to be submitted for the home loan, especially FHA
and VA loans, so you should ask your sales agent or loan officer if this will be a requirement. My charge for this
inspection and official Texas report is $60.00 if performed with a general home inspection.
To see a sample of a WDI inspection report.......click here

What does the termite inspection and entail?
The inspection is a visual inspection of the interior, exterior and attic of the home to look for signs of active or
previous signs of infestation. It should be noted that this is a visual inspection only and does not guarantee that
there could be a hidden infestation as in wall cavities. It may take time for termites inside walls to show signs of
their presence. Unlike a general home inspection, a WDI inspection can be considered a "pass or fail" inspection. If
active insects are found, a treatment will be needed before a clear report can be issued. If there are no active
insects are found but there are conducive conditions, a preventive treatment or corrective measures may be
required.

What are conducive conditions?
Conducive conditions are defined as conditions that promote the presence of wood destroying insects. Some
lenders require that conducive conditions be corrected, even if there are no active insects found.
Here is a list of conducive conditions:

  • Wood to ground contact
  • Heavy foliage in contact with the house
  • Wood debris and firewood near or against the house
  • High soil around the foundation
  • Rotted wood
  • Excessive moisture
  • Insufficient ventilation (pier and beam homes)
Other conducive conditions are wooden fences in contact with the house, wooden decks in contact with the house
and planter boxes but are considered conducive by design and should not be a factor for the home loan.

I am selling my house, how can I be sure my house is free of conducive conditions?
To prepare your house for a WDI inspection, follow these tips:

  • Be sure all wood and wood products such as firewood, foundation form boards and cardboard are free and
    clear from any contact to the house. If the house has a pier and beam foundation, make sure all wood and
    paper debris is remove from under the house.
  • Make sure all trees, shrubs and other foliage are trimmed at least 8 inches from touching the house.
  • Replace all rotted exterior wood siding and trims
  • Remove or regrade high soils around the foundation to expose the foundation wall.
  • Make sure hose faucets are not dripping and gutter downspouts are diverting water away from the house.

What are all the wood destroying insects?
Termites
The most common wood destroying insect found in this area is the subterranean termite. There are also drywood
and dampwood termites but subterranean termites are the most frequently found.
For more information on termites.......click here








Carpenter ants
Carpenter ants are large ants that do not actually eat wood but build their nests in primarily soft and rotted wood.
These can sometimes be hard to spot during the day since they tend to be nocturnal and are most active after dark.







Wood boring beetles
Wood boring beetles are tiny beetles that bore tiny holes in mostly hardwoods to lay their young and are most
commonly found in the home's cabinets. Signs of these beetles are small holes in the wood with a fine powder
under the holes.







Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are large bees that bore holes in wood to nest. Signs of carpenter bees are large holes in wood
and sawdust under the holes.

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Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections

Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections

Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections

Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections

Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections

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Call: 817-705-3200

Fort Worth & Dallas Texas Home Inspector Providing The Very Best Home Inspections