A Structural Pest & Dry Rot Inspection reports in greater detail the apparent causes of wood-destroying organism infestations or dry rot situations and the suggested remedies. It is sometimes called a Termite Inspection or Termite Report. There are two general categories of reportable concerns: 1) actual structural damage caused by an infestation of termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and/or dry rot, and 2) conducive conditions such as excessive moisture, inadequate ventilation, direct contact between wood and earth, etc., which, if left uncorrected, may eventually lead to infestation and structural damage.
Although the Whole House Inspection does include an examination of the crawl space area and plumbing system, Oregon certified home inspectors are specifically not required to report on the presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects as a part of the home inspection process. Often performed at the same time, although considered to be a separate inspection process by the State of Oregon, the Pest & Dry Rot Inspection is performed in accordance with the accepted Industry Standards as adopted by The American Institute of Inspectors® and is performed on the basis of visible evidence in readily accessible areas of the structure.
The Pest & Dry Rot Inspection Report goes beyond reporting conditions that were found and also makes suggestions for repairs necessary to get to the goal of a clear report. We do not perform the repairs, but we can assist you by providing a list of independent contractors who do perform the type of repairs we have suggested.