Termite Inspection | Truly Nolen

Posted: November 24, 2017 at 7:50 am


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The inspector will begin at the front door, thoroughly checking every room for evidence of infestation and/or decay damage. The inspector will check doorframes, gently probing suspicious areas with a special sounding tool that checks to see if wood has become hollow. He will then check wall surfaces, ceilings, floors, baseboards and wood trim for slightly raised areas in paint or under wallpaper. Any raised point many indicate termite activity. He or she will also check for exit holes and dropped wings on door frames and window sills. The inspector will then examine cracks in cabinets as well as interior door and window frames. If there is linoleum flooring in the home, soft spots can indicate wood damage, which can be caused by termites.

In order to inspect the structure, the inspector uses a special sounding tool to detect hollowed-out areas in wooden surfaces. When tapping the wood of the structure, the inspector will be able to hear a different sound if the wood is damaged.

In addition to the interior and the exterior of your structure, the inspector will check the attic of the home for damage. He will examine the roof rafters that support the roof sheathing, which is the roofing surface visible from inside the attic, ridge pole which is the top wood member to which the rafters are attached, joists to which the ceiling is attached, and top plates of all interior partitions to which all wall studs are attached. Additionally, the inspector will check the crawl space under your home and determine if there is damage to wood beams, floor joists, foundation walls and piers, pipes and fireplace foundation. The inspector will be looking at any wood structure or any wood debris found outside your home.

Any termite damage in the perimeter of the structure, expansion joints, cracks in slab or plumbing penetration in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms are considered critical and should be taken care of as quickly as possible in order to maintain the safety and functionality of your home or business.

After inspecting the interior of a home, the inspector will move to the exterior. The inspector will begin by walking the perimeter of the structure as close to the foundation as possible. He will look for wood-to-earth points of contact, such as siding and veneer. He will examine wooden structures, such as fences or stored lumber, look for mud tubes running up the exterior of the foundation wall, observe drainage patterns, examine wooden structures such as siding, windows and frames, and check the eaves of your house especially where the gutters and downspouts are attached.

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