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Residential and Commercial Pest Control

Home inspection for pests is essential for your Texas home or commercial space. An inspection and written report is required for the sale of a house or building. We specialize in detailed inspection and expert knowledge of how to uncover evidence of infestation.pest control

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Texas real estate law requires a WDO, a Wood Destroying Organism inspection and report.

A WDO report tells a real estate buyer if the pest control inspector saw:

1.Any live termites or other wood destroying organisms
Evidence of infestation by termites or other wood destroying organisms (including wood destroying fungi)
Damage by termites or other wood destroying organisms
Previous treatment for termites or other wood destroying organisms

Here is what our home inspection expert is looking for:


Dry wood termites are usually found in coastal Texas because they thrive in humid coastal and subtropical regions. They usually infest attics, roof crawl spaces, and exterior wood. While they swarm in early spring and summer, the only evidence of dry wood termites may be uncovered in a professional home inspection. The experts not only look closely for wood damage, but for shed wings and pellets (which is tiny fecal matter).

Subterranean termites are the most common termite in the United States. They can enter a home through a crack as small as 1/32″ in almost any home material that is in contact with soil: any lumber touching ground, , an earth filled stair, expansion joints, behind brick veneer, even through rigid foam insulation in contact with the soil. These pests take shelter in the soil; they come out to eat, your wood, cardboard and books.termite treatment


Furniture beetles attack any sapwood, not just wooden furniture. They don’t like heartwood. Home inspection has turned up one sapwood beam destroyed, while the one next to it, a heartwood beam was untouched by the beetles. Infestations are often a problem of old wooden houses built with untreated timbers.

But beetles are not just a problem in old houses. Powder post beetles seldom attack wood that is more that 5 years old. They get their name because they bore into dry wood (such as posts) and change perfectly good wood into powder. The flour-like powder is actually the chewed up and digested wood that the beetles have eaten. A home inspection looks for traces of powder, which can be a clue to infestation long before significant damage can be seen.

Wood bores, fungi and rot wood bores are commonly detected just a few years after new construction. The lumber supply may have contained wood infected with beetle eggs or larvae, and since beetle life cycles can be one or more years, several years may pass before the presence of beetles becomes noticeable. It is sometimes called the “old house borer” which, contrary to its name, is more often found in newer construction.

Wood decay fungi are living organisms which send minute threads through damp wood, taking their food from the wood as they grow. Gradually, the wood decomposes. Such damage is often inconspicuous, making a home inspection critical. Homeowners have suddenly found floors breaking through or doors falling from their hinges before they know they have a wood decay fungus.

Wood rot: When dry wood comes in contact with moist soil, or starts to collect condensation (such as unventilated crawl space), it wood rot is next. Without expert inspection, it could be assumed that termites and bores are the problem.

We perform this essential real estate pest service in homes and commercial business locations.

List of Drain Problems from Construction Defects includes:

1. No Drain Installed Near Foundation

If no drain is installed near your foundation or slab, natural water that appears near your home from time to time has no place to go. If water is allowed to collect and fester, a whole host of problems can arise, including water damage and mold.construction defects attorneys

2. Drain Installed, but No Outlet for Water

There are several accounts of faulty construction where there is a drain installed, but no outlet for water is provided. Installing a drain without an outlet is self-defeating, as the whole point of installing a drain is to provide an outlet for water to be removed from a threatening location.

3. Drain Installed Without Proper Gravel and Filter Fabric – Leading to Clogging

Unfortunately, a drain installed without proper gravel and filter fabric – leading to clogging, is an all-too-common construction defect. The filter fabric protects the drain from the debris that naturally flows with ground water, and too much debris getting into the drain will prevent it from working properly.

4. Drain Installed too High – Allowing Water Pressure to Build up Below the Drain

If you have a drain installed too high – allowing water pressure to build up below the drain, your home will inevitably suffer. Water pressure is an irresistible force, and if it’s allowed to build, eventually it will force its way into the nearest opening, even if reaching that opening requires the water to travel through parts that are there to protect your home.

If you’ve experienced any of these problems, you’re far from alone. However, “alone” is exactly how you should not proceed. Contact a licensed professional to examine your problem, and contact a construction defect attorney immediately.

5. No Foundation Drain

If your home is found to have no foundation drain, you have a serious problem. No foundation drain means that water that inevitably seeps into your basement or below has no place to go, and as it pools, the potential for water damage and mold increases.consumer law

6. No Gravel or Filter Fabric around Drain

If there is no gravel or filter fabric around the drain in your foundation, your home is unnecessarily exposed to pebbles and other materials causing completely unreasonable damage to your drainage system. Damage to your drain leads to the presence of water where it shouldn’t be, and that’s the very definition of a construction defect.

Overall, if you’ve experienced any of these serious issues, you need to get help immediately. You need to contact a licensed contractor to determine the cause of your issue and you need to contact a construction defect attorney immediately to protect your rights.

7. Improper Slope to Drain

A builder can do a soil analysis and then soil preparation based on the results of the analysis. At times the soil analysis is wrong or not done; consequently the soil is improperly prepared. Preparing the soil includes implementing a drainage system. If there is an improper slope to drain this could carry water towards the house and creating potential water issues.