Termite Inspections FAQ

no img Q.  How long will the inspection take?

The average inspection takes one to three hours depending on the size, age, and condition of the property.

no img Q.  When will I receive my report?

You will receive a soft copy (.PDF) of your report the next business day by 5:00 pm. The findings listed on the report are divided into Section 1, Section 2, or Further Inspection. (See the report body for definitions.) You will also receive a Work Authorization that lists costs for the correction of any findings.

no img Q.  What areas do I need to provide access for the inspection?

The inspector will need access to the exterior, interior, attic and crawlspace. Every room is inspected including bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, and garages. Obtain keys to locked areas in advance. Make arrangements with neighbors if the house borders their property. Secure pets on the property so that no pets get into the crawlspace and inspectors can access the entire property. Move items stored in the garage two feet away from the walls, except for built-in cabinetry. The inspector will need to look in the attic and crawlspace if the house is built on a raised foundation. Storage that blocks attic or crawlspace access openings should be removed before the inspection. Clothes closets should be emptied beneath attic access openings so that insulation doesn’t fall on clothing. Items stored next to the house should be moved two feet away from the building and bushes that conceal walls or the foundation should be trimmed back. Storage under sinks should be moved to allow visual inspection of the plumbing.

no img Q.  How often do I need a termite inspection at my home?

A: Every 2 to 4 years depending on age and condition of home. Many companies sell annual inspections, but this is really more than most people need in our area.

no img Q.  What is the difference between a limited and a full inspection?

A: In a full inspection, we inspect all the structure that we can access without damaging, defacing, or moving anything. Inaccessible parts of the structure are noted on the report. A limited inspection is generally one particular area where the homeowner has noted or suspects damage. It is useful only for identification and estimate purposes.

no img Q.  Our neighbors have termites. Will I get them in my house too?

A: Sooner or later almost every home in our area eventually gets attacked by termites. Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood termites all occur in the Bay Area. Subterranean termites nest in the soil, and can be prevented by applying a termiticide to the soil around the foundation of the home. Drywood termites enter directly into wood and have no requirement for soil contact.

no img Q.  Should I attend the Inspection?

This is one of the biggest investments you can make! After the inspector is done, he will explain findings to you, point out areas in question, discuss alternative solutions and provide insights important to the homeowner. If you are present, you will have immediate information on the condition of the structure and a better understanding of the written report. If you cannot make the inspection, your inspector can call you with a verbal recap.

no img Q.  Our house was treated just a few years ago. Why do we have termites again?

If use correctly, most termiticides, should give control for at least 5 years. If the house was not treated properly or the treated barrier around the house was disturbed, this could leave a pathway to the structure. Termites foraging in the soil will find the weakest spots in a barrier, and eventually penetrate to the house. If you are still under contract with a pest control company, give them a call and let them evaluate the problem. One thing to remember is always read the contract and make sure that you do not do anything to void the warranty, such as new construction, woodpiles near the house, or changing the grade of the soil outside the foundation.