Last page has is a detailed graph of the structure </li></li></ul><li>What a WDIIR is not?<br /><ul><li>It is not a structural damage report
It is only a report about visible damage relating to infestation
It is not a guarantee of absence of wood destroying insects
It is an important tool in evaluating the soundness of a structure , but with limitations</li></ul>After all, an inspector can't pick up a house and look under it, or take it apart and put it back together.<br />
What are WDIIR’s good for anyway?<br /><ul><li>Provide valuable information for the sale of a home, and document its present condition for future reference
There is no state law that requires a WDIIR for the sale of a structure
It is a requirement of the lending institution. State law does dictate that WDIIR's meet certain minimum standards.
By law, all pest control applicators, inspectors and companies must be licensed by the Office of Pest Management.
The Commission maintains a database on the WDIIR's and post construction termite treatments performed on homes in Arizona. </li></li></ul><li>Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report<br />WDIIR<br />
Section 8. Based on the inspector’s visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the property:<br />Box A. Visible evidence of wood destroying insects was observed. Describe evidence observed. <br /><ul><li>Box A will need to be marked even if the observed evidence is believed to be from past activity such as; tube stains, fecal pellets, termites, or wood boring insect damage.
Description of evidence and type of Wood Destroying Insects observed (Subterranean Termites shelter tubes, Carpenter bee exit holes, Dry wood Termite fecal pellets, etc.)</li></li></ul><li>Box B. No visible evidence of infestation from wood destroying insects was observed.<br /><ul><li>This box is marked if no wood destroying insects, or evidence of wood destroying insects, is observed</li></ul>Box C. Visible evidence of infestation as noted in 8A. Proper control measures were performed on (Date)<br /><ul><li>Added as an addendum to the original report if property had treatment completed within 30 days of termite inspection.
This is usually required by the lender stating that proper control measures were performed.
Over 30 days would require a new termite inspection.</li></li></ul><li>Box D. Visible damage due to (type of insect) was observed in the following areas (where damage was observed)<br /><ul><li>Only insect damage observed at the time of inspection (even if property is under warranty) must be listed here.
Insect damage is not limited to termites, but may also be from carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood destroying beetles, etc.</li></ul>Box E. Visible evidence of previous treatment was observed. List evidence (See also item 20 page 2)<br /><ul><li>This should be marked even if the treatment is by another licensee
If the residence is currently under warranty with the inspecting company, then it will be noted here and section 20</li></li></ul><li>Section 9. Damage Observed, If Any<br />Box A. Will or has been corrected by this company.<br /><ul><li>Checked if the licensee will correct or has corrected the damage. (i.e. replacing a baseboard that was eaten by Subterranean Termites.) </li></ul>Box B. Will not be corrected by this company.<br /><ul><li>Checked if he licensee will not correct the damage. (another company will correct damage)</li></ul>Box C. It is recommended that noted damage be evaluated by a licensed structural contractor for any necessary repairs to be made.<br /><ul><li>Checked for needed repairs to be made if there is a safety concern on structure</li></li></ul><li>Section 15. Wood To Earth Contact<br /> Involves wood that is part of the structure or that is attached to or securely abuts the structure and is in contact with the ground.<br /><ul><li>Wood Fences – it must be separated form the main structure (Sliding a sheet of aluminum between the two is sufficient)
Porch structures - If the posts are in the ground causing an earth-to-wood contact, they must be set to code
Concrete form boards - These are usually left over from construction and must be removed altogether
Trellises - These can be reset or cut and attached to metal stakes to eliminate earth-to-wood contacts
Trees or branches abutting structure </li></li></ul><li>Incorrect post (wood to earth)<br />Correct post (cement footing)<br />
Section 16. Excessive Cellulose Debris<br />Wood imbedded in the footing of the structure and are in contact with the earth (all excess cellulose material, i.e. lumber, should be removed from under or with in 3’ of the structure. Cellulose is the main staple of termites.) Firewood or lumber piled within 6 inches of the structure. <br /><ul><li>Dead branches or bark chips in planters
Roots growing into the foundation (dead plants)
Firewood stacked along house</li></li></ul><li>Cellulose Debris<br />Removed Debris<br />
Section 17. Faulty Grade<br />Faulty grade exist if the interior grade is above or at the interior slab or wood floor level <br /><ul><li>Slope (surface water tends to drain towards or stands next to the foundation)
Interior floor level at or below exterior grade such as basements, sunken rooms, sunken tubs, interior fire pits
Wood or stucco siding at or below interior grade
Joist in crawl less than 18” inches or crawl support beams less than 12”(Termites can build shelter tubes up from the ground to cellulose material about 10”. All we can do is declare this problem if it exists)
Raised planters above exterior grade and against house</li></li></ul><li>Faulty Grade<br />Grade being repaired<br />
Section 18. excessive moisture<br />Excessive moisture exists if there is moisture or evidence of moisture around a structure. This would include moisture sources, which are currently not moist<br /><ul><li>Moss growing on or next to house
Evidence of excessive moisture from HVAC drains
Dry Rot Present – Dry rot is caused by fungus. This can be resolved by applying a Borate product to affected area or removal of the affected wood. </li></li></ul><li>Excessive Moisture<br />
Section 19. Inaccessible Areas<br />All inaccessible areas to a visual inspection, also already noted in section number 7 must be noted here and on the Graph and Graph Legend of page 3<br />
Section 20. Evidence of Previous Treatment<br />Evidence of previous treatment or concrete patching must be marked both in Section 8 (E) and either By Another Company or By the Inspecting Company must be notated. Additionally, all information regarding the company’s treatment, if known, must be listed in the appropriate lines. <br /><ul><li>By Another Company – Signs of previous treatment (spot or full treatment) will be declared in the report. It must be seen upon visual inspection and accessible at the time of inspection. This tells you the structure has had a problem in the past
By The Inspecting Company - If the property was treated by us in the last five years or is actively under warranty, we will declare the account number, the target pest, date of the initial treatment, and the warranty expiration date. Arizona law requires that we keep records on termite work for five years</li></li></ul><li>Evidence of previous treatment<br />
Here are some things that home owners should look for:<br /><ul><li>Cracks in foundation walls. It only takes a crack 1/64 of an inch wide to give termites and other wood destroying insects hidden access to a house.
Leaking pipes and faucets. Termites as well as other insects, seek out moisture for survival. Leaking pipes can keep wood and soil continually damp and create a perfect home for termites.
Wood debris around and under a house. Pieces of scrap lumber or firewood kept next to a structure can support a colony of termites.
Sprinkler systems or bubblers placed near the outside wall of a structure. Excessive watering can attract termites to the structure.
Flower planters. Planters allow hidden and direct access to unprotected siding and cracked stucco when built in direct contact with a house.
Trellises and wooden fences. If a trellis or wood fence touches soil and is in contact with a structure, it provides a direct link between the subterranean termites in the soil and wood in the structure. </li></li></ul><li>Chemical Treatment <br />Repellants: Mostly used as pretreatment (before pad is poured)<br />Non-Repellant: Post treatments (after construction)<br />
Treatment for Subterranean Termites<br /><ul><li>Traditional chemical barriers around home
Last multiple years in the soil</li></li></ul><li>Termite Baiting System<br /><ul><li>Sentricon System – Consists of in ground station that contain two pieces of untreated wood (“monitors”). The systems are checked quarterly to see if termites have invaded. If so, termites are collected from the monitors and placed inside a tube of bait. The bait then replaces the monitors in the station and the termites must eat their way out of the bait tubes.
Active ingredient is Noviflumuron which is a growth regulator which interferes with the insect’s ability to molt.
Environmentally friendly because of less active ingredients
Generally does not require any drilling of the porch, slab, or foundation walls
Recommended with chemical treatment in soiled areas </li></li></ul><li>
Identification<br />Termites can be winged or wingless<br />Vary in color by species<br />Have constant contact with the soil <br />Approximate size may vary from 1/4 to 3/8 inch long <br />