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What Exactly is a WDO Inspection?
When obtaining a mortgage or a mortgage guarantee to finance the purchase of a home, You most likely will be required to obtain a WDO inspection by the bank, the mortgage company, or the guarantor (FHA, VA, HUD, etc.).
Although commonly referred to as a “termite inspection,” WDO stands for “wood-destroying organism,” and a proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and dry wood types), wood decay, wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestation; and evidence of past treatments.
A Proper WDO Inspection
A proper termite and WDO inspection consists of several steps, which may not necessarily occur in this order:
An inspection of the exterior of the home, looking for signs of termite activity (such as termite shelter tubes, shown in the picture on the left), as well as conditions conducive to termite and other WDO infestation (such as wood that is too close to the ground, dead tree stumps by the house, improper grading, leaky gutters or downspouts, or tree branches overhanging or touching the home). The inspector will also look for evidence of infestation by other wood-destroying insects.
An inspection of the interior of the home, with special emphasis on the basement, garage, door and window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to WDO infestation. This part of the inspection will be both visual and physical, and typically involves visually inspecting, tapping, probing, and sounding susceptible wood. The inspector will also be looking for live termites or other insects, dead termite “swarmers”, other evidence of infestation (tubing, frass, signs of prior treatments, etc.), damaged wood, and conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels).
A detailed written summary of the inspection results. This includes a standardized inspection form developed by the NPMA and adopted by various state and federal agencies, and may sometimes include additional documents attached by the inspector to clarify the inspection findings.
When evidence of a past or present WDO infestation, damage due to an infestation, or conditions conducive to infestation are found, the inspector will usually attach his or her remediation recommendations and/or an estimate for treatment.
WDO Inspections are provided by AmeriProPest Control. We hold an employee Florida State ID Card with AmeriProPest.
Our general service areas are the following for home inspection, commercial commercial property inspection, and WDO Inspections and other services:
Bartow, Brandon, Brooksville, Bushnell, Clearwater, Crystal River, Dade City, Dover, Dunnellon, Haines City, Homosassa, Hudson, Inverness, Kathleen, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Land O Lakes, Largo, Lecanto, Lutz, New Port Richey, Ocala, Plant City, Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Saint Petersburg, Spring Hill, Sumtervillle, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, The Villages, Webster, Wesley Chapel, Wildwood, Zephyrhills.
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We will service other areas as well, however maybe a day or more.
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