When buying a home, your lender may require homeowner’s insurance, which in turn usually means a termite inspection. Even if your lender doesn’t require homeowner’s insurance, most lenders still require a termite or Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection.
Termites may be small, but they typically live in large colonies. It’s possible to go for years without knowing they’re destroying your home. Termites need food (such as wood), moisture, and warmth to survive. Wood building materials in and around homes can provide the perfect food source, and insufficient grading that allows puddles to form near your foundation or air conditioning units that create run-off moisture can offer the perfect amount of moisture for termite colonies.
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in or around the foundation of your home
- Cracked or bubbling paint (which may indicate termite droppings)
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes on beams or in crawl spaces
A termite inspection will let you know if you have any infestation. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more!