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What is a clean WDO?
Saturday, September 29, 2018
“WDO” stands for Wood Destroying Organism and is an acronym for the what most people know as the “termite inspection” done before purchasing a house. But the inspector must look for multiple organisms that can destroy the wood in a home—which includes not only termites, but also several different wood-eating beetles and wood-rot fungi. A “clean WDO” means a report that states that no evidence of wood destroying organisms or their damage was found.
Because areas of rotten wood in the siding and trim of the exterior of a home, or beetle infestation in the wood, are both considered evidence of wood destroying organism damage, a WDO report that found no termite activity could still not be “clean.” See our blog post Why is the inspector calling out rotten wood on my termite inspection? for more on this.
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