Inspections / Reports

                             Scheduling An Inspection

You can call our office at 925-229-1481 or email us at qtermite@sbcglobal.net  to order an inspection. We'd be happy to assist you!

In order to serve you better, please have the answers to the following questions ready when you schedule the inspection:

  1. What is the complete Address of the property?
  2. What is the approximate square footage of the home?
  3. Does the house have a crawl space or slab foundation?
  4. Who do you represent in this transaction?
  5. Is there anyone else you would like to get a copy of the report when ready?

Our turn-around time for inspection reports are between 24 and 48 hrs. after the inspection date (except for Fridays and holidays).

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                                 Inspection Procedure

Our inspectors will do an inspection of the subject structure to render an opinion on the presence and extent of wood destroying organisms, based upon what was visible and accessible at the time of the inspection. He will be noting the following infestations, infections and conditions which are conducive to wood destroying organisms in his report:

Dampwood Termites: nest in wood buried in the ground, although contact with the ground is not necessary when infested wood is high in moisture. Because of their high moisture requirements, dampwood termites most often are found in cool, humid areas. Winged reproductives typically swarm between July and October, but is not unusual to see them at other times of the year. Dampwood winged reproductives (swarmers) are attracted to lights.

Drywood Termites: infest dry, undecayed wood, including structural lumber as well as dead lims of native trees and shade and orchard trees, utility poles, posts, and lumber in storage. From these areas, winged reproductives seasonally migrate to nearby buildings and other structures usually on sunny days during the fall months. Drywood termites have a low moisture requirement and can tolerate dry conditions for prolonged periods. They remain entirely above ground and do not connect their nests to the soil.

 

Subterranean Termites: require moist environments. To satisfy this need, they usually nest in or near the soil and maintain some connection with the soil through tunnels in wood or through shelter tubes they construct. These shelter tubes are made of soil with bits of wood or even plasterboard (drywall). Much of the damage they cause occurs in foundation and structural support wood.


Powder-Post Beetles/ Wood-Boring Beetles: larvae feed on wood and wood products; adults emerge from larvae feeding chambers through round, oblong or D-shaped exit holes. Powder-post beetle larvae leave a fine, dust-like powdered frass in their galleries that occasionally falls out of exist holes into small piles on floors or other surfaces. This powdered frass is characteristic of powder post beetles and helps distinguish them from other typical wood-boring beetles. They attack hardwoods and woods that are very dry. Woods most often attacked are most likely to occur in wood paneling, molding, window/door frames, plywood, hardwood floors, bamboo articles, and furnature.

 

Fungus/Dry-Rot: is a weakening of wood caused by one of several species of fungus. The fungus digests the parts of the wood that give the wood strength and stiffness. Weakened wood is typically somewhat dry, hence the name, and brittle and may have a blocky appearance. It usually results from too much moisture in contact with wood. If not stopped, dryrot fungus will so weaken wood that it may eventually disintegrate.

Excessive Moisture: constitutes any condition such as wet soil in the crawl space, improper draining that contributes to standing water and/or seasonal standing water in crawl space, plumbing leaks or any other commonly controllable moisture condition that poses a threat to structural members or prevents inspection of crawl space.

Cellulose Debris:
 
considered to be any wood, paper, or cardboard material that can be raked (with a standard garden rake) or larger which is found in the subarea.

Insufficient Ventilation:
exists when the lack of ventilation is contributing to the growth of wood-destroying organisms.

Earth to wood Contacts: exists where wood of the structure is in direct contact with the soil.

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                   **UNDERSTANDING OUR REPORTS**

There are four different types of Reports, as described below:

Original Inspection: First complete/ limited report done on the property (limited to visible and accessible areas)

Limited Inspection: a report limited to a specific area only

Supplemental Inspection: a report generated after an original report which includes additional findings

Re-Inspection: Inspection of work performed by others, includes a certification (no guarantees or warrantees on others work)


Each Report is outlined as follows:

Section 1: Wood damage and/or infestation evident at the time of our inspection .

Section 2: Conditions conducive to future wood damage or infestation.

Information Items: Informational findings which could be of use to our client(s) and/or interested parties.

Further Inspection: Concealed areas which could be readily accessed and further inspected by opening finished areas.

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Each report will include a diagram of the dwelling (not to scale) and if applicable, a chemical notice with active ingredients. Pictures of Section 1 items are also available and will be enclosed in the body of the report.

A Work Authorization Contract will follow to include a cost break-down to do repairs/treatments as needed.
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  • Online References:

    California:

    University of California- Agriculture and Natural Resources Web page, www.ipm.usdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOES/pn7418.html

    Structural Pest Control Board Web page, www.pestboard.ca.gov/forms/brochures/geninfo.pdf

    International:

    Living with Bugs Web page,  www.livingwithbugs.com/dry-rot.html

    American Institute of Inspectors Web page,  www.inspection.org/organization/pest_standards.html