What's a WDO Inspection?
Posted by Joe Manausa on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 5:47:55 PM By Joe Manausa / October 10, 2011 Comment
Here’s a question I often hear: “What is a WDO Inspection and why do I need a WDO inspection to buy or sell a house?” What is a WDO Inspection? A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection informs sellers, prospective buyers and lenders about any termite infestations and damage to the home due to wood pests and wood rot. Why do I need an inspection for wood insects? The soil, humidity and temperatures of Florida combine to make it the perfect environment for termites and wood rot to thrive. The damage they cause is not always visible on the surface. Also, a Lender may require a “Clean WDO” as a condition of a loan. Who does the WDO Inspection? A WDO inspection is conducted by a certified pest control professional, also known as an Exterminator. What does the WDO Inspection report? The inspection includes a check for termites, other wood destroying insects, and wood rot. Also, the WDO inspector typically identifies conditions that could lead to a future termite infestation, including:
- Firewood and other debris stored against the home.
- Wood siding in contact with the soil.
- Landscape grading that does not slope away from the foundation.
- Mulching materials, landscape timbers and deteriorated wood near the home.
- Cracks in the foundation that allow termites to enter
- Leaks in the plumbing that attract pests and can lead to wood rot