Termite Inspection- Sacramento
Each month, in an effort to grow our business, we go to real estate offices and offer training sessions on various components of “what we do” as pest inspectors. It’s not uncommon to get a call from a new homeowner shortly after their purchase is completed where the new homeowner says something along the lines of “there are spiders everywhere! How did these not come up in our pest reports?” As an industry we have short sided the consumer, we have missed an opportunity to educate them on what their WDO inspector is looking for (termites, beetles and dry rot), and in turn created the opportunity for a frustrating experience like the one previously described.
The answer is simple, the term “pest inspection” is an abbreviation that we as in industry have adopted (because it’s easier to say), its short for Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection. You can probably see where a consumer can easily be mislead into thinking that it is, what we in the Pest Control Industry call, a General Pest inspection- which includes ants, spiders, springtails etc. General Pest Control providers come out bi-monthly and work diligently to keep “common pests” out of the living spaces of a home.
Another area of the WDO inspection that is not as well understood is the three sections that findings are qualified under- Section 1, 2 & 3. Often times a real estate contract will stipulate that either one or both section one and two findings be repaired (section one and two clearance cannot be obtained without any and all section three items further inspected and complete recommendations made. For further clarification here is a description of what section one, two and three items are:
Section one: An active infestation or fungal infection.
Section two: conducive conditions. Any condition that if left unresolved can or will ultimately result in a section one finding.
Section three: Further Inspection items. These items are typically called when there is an indication that damage that extends beyond what they eye can see in its current standing. Inspectors will call for further inspection to determine the extent of the damage or it there is no further damage exists.
It is very important to understand that a section three item can have a dramatic impact on an inspection report (or an escrow). We at NAHS advise that if a certification will be required for real estate purposes, instead of going after the section one and two items first, that the section three items be addressed first and foremost.