Florida Termite Inspection
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You may hear the expression there are only three types of houses, ones that have termites, ones that had termites or ones that will have termites.
People are surprised when they find termites in the home. Think about this, termites are subterranean insects best described as a wood destroying insect and we build our home on top of their home.
Is it really so surprising that the house becomes infested!!
Termites are sometimes are mistakenly referred to as white ants, but they are far from it.
There are three different types of termites which are damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Subterranean is the most destructive of termites and they require a moist environment and are usually found living in the soil.
Termites do an estimated five billion dollars in damage each year. If you think your home may have become victim to a nest of termites here are some tell-tale signs of an infestation.
Softwood is a good indication that you may have a termite problem or the presence of mud tubes around the exterior or interior of your house, most likely near the foundation.
Dark or blistered wood structures may also be an indication of a termite problem that requires an urgent termite inspection.
How to Prevent Termites in Your Home – Yearly Termite Inspection by Licensed Termite Inspector in Florida
You can take steps to help prevent the infestation of termites in your own home. The subterranean termites love moisture to try to avoid moisture build-up around your home.
Make sure all outside faucets are shut off tightly and are not dripping, prevent the dripping then you can prevent the moisture build-up that termites love.
Keep gutters clear to properly collect and divert roof runoff to an area away from the foundation so it clean evaporate and/or seep in the ground away from the structure.
Do not keep any stored wood or logs around the foundation area. If you own an older home make sure that any wood near the foundation of your home is replaced.
There may have been previous infestations before you moved in and if proper repairs have been done termites are less likely to return.
Another way to prevent termites is to have all tree stubs removed and make sure your bushes or shrubbery are trimmed or planted at a minimum of 12 inches or more away from your house.
It is highly recommended to hire a licensed Florida termite inspector to inspect house and property prior to the purchase/closing of a house.
Termite damage far exceeds damage caused to homes by tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Early detection can save homeowners substantial repair costs.
The Florida termite inspection will provide potential homebuyers with the Wood Destroying Organisms Inspection Report as required by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Agricultural FDACS-13645 Rev.05/08, this report will outline both any existing damage or infestations and areas that are liable to incur future infestations or any evidence previous treatment. Specific areas of the house are noted as inspected or not inspected and applicable reasons.
Evidence of termites in these reports should not deter a home buyer from purchasing the home.
Typically this is a negotiable issue between buyers and sellers with arrangements made for treatment and repairs or to negotiate the selling price.
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