How Is a Termite Inspection Done?

A termite inspection is generally initiated for two reasons: the homeowner either suspects an infestation or an inspection is required due to a home transaction.

Reasons for an Inspection

When a homeowner suspects that his home may be infested by termites or that the home may be vulnerable in certain areas, he may often ask for a limited, or targeted, inspection to check the areas of concern. During a home transaction, a full inspection is generally required to check the house for termites, vulnerable areas and to remedy any issues before a the house is purchased. The inspector will work closely with the homeowner during the inspection process. Some things the homeowner can do beforehand to make the inspection a fluid process include clearing storage areas and keeping the water supply on to identify possible leaks.

A termite inspection is generally initiated for two reasons: the homeowner either suspects an infestation or an inspection is required due to a home transaction. When a homeowner suspects that his home may be infested by termites or that the home may be vulnerable in certain areas, he may often ask for a limited, or targeted, inspection to check the areas of concern. During a home transaction, a full inspection is generally required to check the house for termites, vulnerable areas and to remedy any issues before a the house is purchased. The inspector will work closely with the homeowner during the inspection process. Some things the homeowner can do beforehand to make the inspection a fluid process include clearing storage areas and keeping the water supply on to identify possible leaks.

Limited and Full Inspections

A full inspection is carried out to examine every area of the house for termite damage and vulnerabilities. The inspector will generally check all areas of the house for not only termites, but other structurally degrading organism--like carpenter ants, beetles, poor ventilation and excess moisture. In a full inspection, the termite inspector will check the interior and exterior of the house--everything from the foundation to the attic area, the ventilation to shower stalls. A limited termite inspection is usually done on a localized area of the home to determine if there is indeed an infection. The inspector examines the wood and determines the extent--if any--of the damage and quotes the owner a price to remedy any issues. Limited inspections are generally free. Other types of inspections include supplemental and re-inspection--in the case of supplemental inspections, the inspector examines areas of the house that may have formally been inaccessible, while re-inspections are done to verify the findings of another extermination company.

Inspection Report

A report will be generated after the inspection is complete on the inspector's findings for the homeowner, or prospective homeowner, to review. The inspection report is comprised of two types of findings: section one findings and section two findings. Section one findings detail the area of structural damage and the entity responsible for the damage, which may be a termite infestation but could be other entities like beetles or fungi. Section one items must be addressed immediately to remedy to prevent further structural damage.

Section two findings in the inspection report detail areas of the house that are vulnerable to an infection--like exposed wood or a water leak--and outlines why these items need to be addressed to prevent structural decay. Other items the inspection report will include are a service quote and a work authorization form to authorize action to be taken to remedy the finding listed in the report.

About the Author

Quinten Plummer began writing professionally in 2008. He has more than six years in the technology field including five years in retail electronics and a year in technical support. Plummer gained his experience in music by producing for various hip-hop acts and as lead guitarist for a band. He now works as a reporter for a daily newspaper.