Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspections – 5 Things to Know & Why You Should Schedule One

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Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection is a very popular service offered by Ellingwood Pro Home Inspection. It is more commonly known as or referred to as a termite inspection. Did you know though that there are more than just termites that can cause damage to the wood in your home? Ellingwood Pro refers to this inspection as a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection because we thoroughly inspect for any and all wood destroying insects and organisms. 

What are Wood Destroying Insects and Organisms? Wood Destroying Organisms

Wood destroying insects and organisms refers to any insect or organisms that threaten or damage the structural integrity of the wood. The most well-known wood destroying organisms are termites, but there are also various beetles, such as wood-boring beetles, and fungi, such as wet rot or dry rot, that can cause just as much damage to your home. Visit our resource page for a WDO Field Guide to see examples of some of these. You can also visit North American Home Services for more details on a few of them as well. 

What is a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection? 

During a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection, our inspector thoroughly reviews and inspects both the interior and exterior of the home for signs of damage caused by wood destroying insects and wood destroying organisms. Though the home’s foundation, attic, garage, and crawl space are common areas where wood destroying organisms are found, there are several other key areas of your home to closely evaluate during the inspection. Our inspector takes their time to review all aspects of the home where these insects and organisms can get into and cause damage. 

All Ellingwood Pro WDO inspections include a detailed Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) Inspection report, known as the NPMA-33, documenting our findings.  

Why Should You Have a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection? 

Wood destroying organisms and wood destroying insects can cause very serious damage to your home structure, especially when left unnoticed and untreated. These organisms and insects consume the wood in your home which causes the wood to soften over time. Eventually, the wood will become so damaged that it will start to collapse.  

How Do I Know If I Need a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection? Wood Destroying Organism Inspection

If you are purchasing a new home, it is never a bad idea to add on a wood destroying organism inspection. The inspection can provide additional valuable information about any active infestations, as well as any remaining damage caused by a previous infestation. 

Along with wood damage, there are other signs to keep an eye out for that would indicate your home has these insects or organisms. A few of these signs can include termite wings or droppings, mud tubes, blisters, and wood damage. For more details about these signs, visit here. 

If you notice any of these signs, we highly recommend getting a WDO inspection as soon as possible. This will allow you to hopefully get ahead of the problem before too much damage occurs because the inspection not only allows you to find out what is causing the damage, but it also allows you to get an idea of how much damage has occurred and to start taking the proper steps to resolve the issue.  

How Do I Schedule a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection? 

If you would like to book a WDO Inspection with Ellingwood Pro Home Inspections, we make the process super easy. To make the process easier and less stressful, we have a free estimate tool on our website so you know what it would cost before you book. We also have packages available that allow you to bundle our services and save money. You can book an inspection online or by calling us at 276-566-5669.  


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