Wood Destroying Organisms
This report includes a structural pest inspection embedded within the report. All observations in this report that begin with WDO are a part of a WA State Pest Inspection. Habitat Home Inspections employs Brian Mattioli, Licensed Structural Pest Inspector ##94716. Please note that most WDO observations are related to high moisture conditions that could be conducive to mold-like substances. Habitat Home Inspections is not a mold specialist and recommends consulting with an industrial hygienist or other mold remediation expert if concerned about mold or indoor air quality.Pest Inspection Standards in Washington State - WAC 16-228-2045 - REQUIRES THAT A DIAGRAM / DRAWING BE PREPARED FOR WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISM (WDO) REPORTS. IF THE PHOTOS AND DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE INADEQUATE, A DRAWING IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
- P-9 Plumbing:
An active leak was found at the water heater. This Water Heater needs to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent damage to the home. Hire a licensed plumber to replace this water heater as soon as possible.
- HCFV-1 Heating, Cooling, Fireplaces and Ventilation:
Annual servicing is recommended for safe and reliable performance from this water heating radiant floor system. Records indicate that this boiler has not been serviced in the last year. The boiler was tested during inspection and was operational. Hire a licensed heating contractor to service and further evaluate the boiler. Examples of observations noted during inspection include:
- Active leak noted at water heater system.
- Appears to be the original unit from 2005, which is near or at end of its useful life
- The taco controller is rusting.
- P-Trap dirty for condensate, needs cleaning
Recommended Maintenance Items
- G-2 Grounds:
All trees, branches and vegetation should be pruned at least six inches away from the building to eliminate a condition conducive to wood destroying organisms and a path for rodent entry.
- RA-2 Roof/Attic:
Clean organic debris from the roof to ensure unrestricted paths for roof drainage. This is routine maintenance that should be part of a regular maintenance schedule.
- CS-5 Crawl Space:
Crawl space vents are currently blocked by organic debris in places. Remove leaves and soils from the crawl space vents to insure the vents remain unobstructed to allow proper ventilation of the crawl space.
- RA-8 Roof/Attic:
Several of the downspouts on the upper gutter system are terminating onto the lower roof. This is industry standard practice but it will prematurely deteriorate the roofing shingles in these locations. I recommend extending the downspouts into lower gutters to better protect the roof.
- RPWDO-4 Rodents, Pests and Wood Destroying Organisms:
This house is set in a wooded area. Monitor during warm weather for carpenter ants - they would be very common here as this is their habitat. If you see large black ants, contact a pest control operator for treatment advice. Carpenter ants are both seasonal and nocturnal so they can be difficult to find during a home inspection. The organic way to control carpenter ants is to eliminate conducive conditions. These are conditions that could lead to wet wood. Try and eliminate all wood / soil contact; be sure gutters and downspouts are performing well and keep vegetation cut back away from the house.
- LAP-1 Laundry and Additional Plumbing:
A moisture alarm with water shut-off features is recommended under the washing machine to protect against accidental leaks in the supply hoses. Pans can be effective when there is a drain, but even these will not protect against a burst supply connector. A moisture alarm with automatic shut-off will. Watts is a brand I have seen installed: http://www.watts.com/pages/learnAbout/intelliflow.asp?catId=
There are also some new technologies available that can monitor and protect our whole house from leaks and indoor humidity problems: See http://www.wallyhome.com/ as an example of such a device.