The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell you home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Wood Destroying Insects
General Information About Wood Destroying Insects: Termites - Termites are tough, determined, and highly efficient. And chances are you'll see no evidence of their work until structural damage has been done. Subterranean termites, the most common kind, live in colonies in the soil, from just below the surface to as much as 12 feet down. Each colony is built around a King and a Queen,whose sole job is reproduction. Worker Termites " commute " in what appears to be a mud tunnel between the colony and sources of food, including wood fibers and other forms of cellulose. These Workers rarely break through the surface of wood instead they hollow it out from the inside making it difficult to detect. Carpenter Ants - Are chiefly a cosmetic nuisance. They nest in wood already softened by decay and emerge to forage for food. These Ants must emerge from their nest to forage, making them selves very visible. They are among the largest ants in the United States, worker ants varying in size between 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. They are black or black with a reddish brown midsection.