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How do I know if my WDO/termite report is "clear"?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Most inspectors call a WDO/termite report that finds no visual evidence of wood-destroying organisms “clear.” Others say “clean” but, either way, you might struggle to find out whether you got a good report if you are not familiar with the state-mandated form. Look at the bottom half of the first page of Florida’s “Wood-Destroying Organisms Inspection Report” form (FDACS-13645) for “Section 2”.  Below the text at the top of the section, you will see a checkbox marked “A” with the statement “NO visible signs of WDO(s) (live, evidence or damage) observed.” If that box was checked, as circled above, then no problems were found. A full-page example is reproduced below.

    All VA mortgage loans, along with some other lenders, require a clear WDO for the loan. So, if that box isn’t checked, repairs and/or treatment may be necessary to close on the loan. Also, see our blog post Should I be worried about termites if my neighbor's house is being tented?

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To learn more about TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND OTHER PESTS see these blog posts:

Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim? 

Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida? 

How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?

How long does Bora-Care® last? 

Where are the most common places to find wood rot on a house?

 Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house? 


Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites? 

How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?

 
Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection? 

If termite damage appears to be old, does that mean that termites may no longer be present?

What does roach poop (fecal pellets) look like? 


When do termites swarm in Florida? 

Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites? 

Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

Do I have to tent the house if I have termites? 

What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?

What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house? 

What is a termite shield?

How does a home inspector evaluate wood rot? 

Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

How do termites get into a concrete block house? 

Do termites eat concrete?

What is a clean WDO?  

What do termites eat?

How do I treat wood rot  that's listed in my termite-WDO report? 

What causes wood rot on a home?

 
Do I really need a termite-WDO inspection? 

What's causing those holes in the fascia?

Does wood chip mulch in the yard attract termites?

Why is the inspector calling out rotten wood on my termite inspection? 

I think I have termites. What does a termite look like? 

I'm buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection? 

• I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?

• Is wood rot found on a home inspection considered serious? 

    Visit our TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND PESTS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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