Wood Destroying Organism Inspection, otherwise known as, the Termite Inspection.
What what is it?
The WDO/termite inspection is a visual inspection for wood destroying organisms which includes: termites, certain “wood boring” beetles, and wood decay fungi.
Pretty much everyone is aware of termites, but in Florida, we include all types of organisms that “eat” wood.
Wood Decay Fungi is basically the white fungus that is on rotten wood. So this when you have a significant roof leak.
How is the inspection performed?
A WDO inspector will walk the exterior of your home, tap onto soffits to check for termite droppings, walk the interior of your home, tap on baseboards, evaluate all wood components, and also climb through the attic.
The inspector is looking for termite droppings, mud tubes created by subterranean termites, decayed wood, exit holes, and galleries.
Should you get a WDO or termite inspection?
Yes. All Florida homes should complete a WDO inspection yearly, even homes made out of concrete block. Concrete homes have wood framing, trim, and decor. Not to mention, termites have been found eating drywall due to its cellulose components.
It is vital to keep up with regular home inspections in order to maintain your home properly. Just like with your teeth, if you do not maintain them, it can cause serious damage overtime.
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