What areas of the exterior of a home is a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida required to inspect?
Saturday, June 22, 2019
According to the “Baseline Practices for Performing 13645 WDO Inspections,” a document prepared by members of the Florida pest control industry, University of Florida, and FDACS (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the division of Florida government that regulates WDO inspections), “the inspection of each structure shall include all sides of the building exterior and shall be limited to the first level, ground floor level up to a height of ten (10) feet (exception – areas above the 10 foot level that can be visually identified by the naked eye as evidence or damage by WDOs may be reported)."
Also, inspection of the exterior does not require use of a ladder or the inspector going on the roof.
Areas around the exterior will be considered inaccessible if obstructed by structural or landscaping features, such as:
• Attached sheds, decks, fences and other structures or attachments
• Shrubbery and ornamental plantings
• Mulch and/or ground cover
• Stored items and debris
To read a copy of the complete “Baseline Practices” document, click on the link below:
Also, see our blog posts Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim? and What are the minimum access openings for a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida for a crawl space and attic, and within these spaces? and What areas of the exterior of a home is a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida required to inspect? and Do termites eat concrete?
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