Termite Inspections

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of termites and other wood-destroying organisms. Our inspectors will visually inspect the entire interior of your home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) as well as the exterior of the property. In areas where Drywood termites are prevalent, and in houses where there are no sub-areas, the attic may also be accessed and inspected. After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported on applicable/appropriate form.

Could there be termite damage?

Absolutely! One of the main characteristics of termites and termite colonies that makes it so hard to detect them is their tendency to avoid open air and bright lights, meaning they will stay underground or within wood products. It is almost impossible for homeowners to visually identify or locate an active termite infestation just by looking at the finished surface of a wall or the accompanying trim.

General Definitions:

Wood Destroying Pest and Organisms Reports: Termite inspection is a visual inspection to the readily accessible areas of the home and present valuable information on the conditions of the property. The inspection report will indicate if the structure contains wood destroying pests and organisms or conditions deemed likely to lead to wood destroying pest or organism.

Complete Report: This is a report where the entire structure is inspected on inspected on our first inspection.

Limited Report: This is a report where one or more components of the main structure or one of more components attached to the main structure were not inspected. All condominiums and most town are limited reports, as we are not inspecting the entire structure or building.

Supplemental Report: This is a report of findings on previously inaccessible areas or changes made to the original report.

Reinspection Report: This is a report of findings used to verify that items found in the previous report have been repaired if done by parties other than HomeGuard Incorporated.

Wood Destroying Pest: Includes subterranean termites, drywood termites, dampwood termites and wood destroying beetles in addition to carpenter ants and carpenter bees.

Wood Destroying Organisms: Includes fungus growth or fungus damage (commonly called dryrot).

Certification: This statement is issued stating the home is free and clear of termites, wood destroying pest or fungus damage in the visible and accessible areas.

Notice of Work Completed: This form is required to be issued after corrective work is performed. The form must contain a notation of all the work that was performed as well as the work that was not performed.

Section I Findings: Section I findings indicate active infestations or infections in addition to the cause of the infestations or infections.

Section II Findings: Section II items include conditions deemed likely to lead to future infestations or infections.

Further Inspection: Further inspection items contain areas where for whatever reason the inspector was not able to complete his inspection when he was there.