WDI Inspections

Consider hiring Integrity Home Evaluation Services for your WDI Inspections. Wood Destroying Insects can wreak havoc on your home so it’s best to make sure.

What is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?

A wood destroying insect inspection is a visual and probing examination of the home and any attached structures. It may also include immediate surrounding areas to determine if conditions are present that may be conducive to attracting wood destroying insects (i.e. woodpiles, decaying wood, fence posts, etc). Arrangements to inspect other structures on the property should be made in advance as these are not generally included.

Wood Destroying Insects

  • Includes: Termites, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, Powder Post Beetles
  • Inspectors must be licensed by the state
  • The structures inspected are typically the home and any attached structures, including decks and garages
  • Arrangements may be made to inspect detached buildings but are generally not included as part of the inspection
  • The inspector will look for both live and dead insects along with “signs” of activity
  • Although not required to, the inspector will also evaluate and report on such things as vegetation, moisture intrusion, soil to siding contact, location of woodpiles, dead or decaying trees, and other situations that may provide a conducive condition for wood destroying insect activity
  • The inspector will look for signs of previous treatments or inspections
  • If a wood destroying insect inspection reveals damage to a structure, the inspector may recommend evaluation of the structure by a structural engineer

Why Would I Need a WDI Inspection?

Any home is subject to wood destroying insects (WDI) although modern building practices utilize barriers that help prevent certain types of WDI. Many lenders, and especially the Veterans Administration (VA Loans) require a home to have a WDI inspection and to have the results reported on a specific form.

WDI can be easily prevented and treated but if left unchecked or treated, can cause serious structural damage to the home. WDI are sneaky and try to avoid detection so that they can survive. In older homes, it is not uncommon at all to find signs of insect infestation, either active or not.

What Are The Most Common Questions I Should Ask About a WDI Inspection?

The home I am buying is brick, it can’t have WDI, can it?

The short answer is yes. You have to consider, what is behind that brick? Wood and cellulose products! Again, there are many other things to consider and look for.

The home I am buying is fairly new, so I’m not worried about WDI.

It is true that newer homes have fewer issues, but they can. Typically, you won’t find Powder Post Beetles (PPB) in a newer home, but you can. Recently, I did an inspection on an home that was built in 2013. It was infested with PPB. Almost unheard of! The previous owner had a wood shop in the basement and would bring in old logs and wood to make handcrafted items. We suspect the infestation came from this.

You will find and report on WDI if you see something during the inspection, right?

A WDI inspection does change the way that I inspect from the outset. If you are wanting this detailed inspection, you really should order it from the start to be properly protected.