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Is a Termite Inspection & Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) Needed when Buying a Home in Atlantic City, NJ?

When you are in the process of purchasing a home, it’s an exciting time. When you are that excited about this new step, you may be more likely to skip certain steps in the process to hurry it along. One thing you definitely don’t want to skip out on is the termite inspection and wood destroying organism report (WDIR) of your new house. If there is any chance termites, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood decay fungus and mold have infested it at any given time, you could be looking at a big financial hit. Ross Environmental Solutions is here to talk about why a termite inspection and WDIR is so important before you purchase a new home.

How Bad Can Termite Damage Be?

Unfortunately, termites alone cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. The reason they can cause so much destruction is the fact they can be eating away at a home and the homeowner has no idea. They eat their way through many parts of your home like the framing, flooring and even your wallpaper. They live in enormous colonies that work feverishly as they feast. What makes matters even worse is that there can be several different colonies on one piece of property if they have gone unchecked for long enough. Areas of the home that are most susceptible to damage are slab foundations, decks and other parts of a structure that are touching the ground.

Should I Do a Termite Inspection & WDIR when Buying a Home?

When it comes to termite damage, it all depends on how long they have been infesting a property. If they are caught early on, the damages may be minimal. If they have been in the home for a long time, you could be looking at tens of thousands in damages. This is why it is so important that you work with a pest inspector before you purchase a home. They are trained to find termites, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood decay fungus and mold if they are present. They can also see if there have been any of these pests and fungus there in the past. The inspector will assess the home from the foundation clear up to the rooftop when looking for any sign of wood destroying organism activity.

How is a Termite Inspection & WDIR Different from a Home Inspection?

A termite inspection and WDIR isn’t going to last nearly as long as a home inspection would. The inspector is only looking for one thing; wood destroying organism. Inspectors use a probe to search from the attic to the basement and around the foundation as they look for any signs of termite and other wood destroying organism activity. Some of the signs they will be looking for include buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, areas that have been affected by water damage and visible termite maze tunnels found inside walls or furniture.

Termite Inspection & Treatment

If you are getting ready to purchase a home, don’t hesitate to call on the professionals at Ross Environmental Solutions to ensure there hasn’t been wood destroying organism activity in the home you are planning to buy. Our in-depth inspection will give you the peace of mind needed to move forward. Call us today!

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