A Wood Destroying Insect termite Inspection is required by most lenders for home purchases or refinancing. Termites can cause serious structural damage to your home because they live in colonies that can number from several hundred thousand to several million. Termites eat all day, seven days a week. It is estimated that termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year.
A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects. The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior of a home (including basements and crawlspaces) and the exterior of the property. If termites are found, an inspector may tell you to contact your local exterminator company, or pest control company. You can compare pest control services, full service plans, and more for your Reston home.
If you are buying or selling a home, we highly recommend that you get a termite inspection.
Preventative Measures for Termite Control in Reston, VA
- Monitor moisture levels to prevent moisture build-up in your home’s basement and / or a crawlspace
- Make sure that mulch is placed at least one foot away from your foundation
- Keep firewood several feet away from the exterior of your home
- Use only pressure-treated wood for all porches and decks which contact the ground as even treated wood has a limited protection period
- Make sure all gardens and flower beds are as far away from your home’s perimeter as possible
- Repair any leaking fixtures that may cause exterior wood to dry rot
What are some of the signs that there is a termite wood damage?
- Mud tubes across masonry or any wooden part of your home
- Support structures begin to sag unexpectedly
- Areas of paint on wooden surfaces appear bubbled or distorted
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are termites?
Is it difficult to determine if I have termites?
A mud tube is made of small pieces of soil and wood and most commonly used by subterranean termites. It helps protect termites from predators and dry environments while traveling between a food source and the nest. It is possible to find a termite mud tube that is no longer active.