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What’s a Wood Infestation Letter

What’s Included in a Wood Infestation Letter?

These are the details a wood infestation letter (or termite letter) contains.

What is a wood infestation letter? This document has many names, the official one being ‘wood infestation report,’ but another common one is ‘termite letter.’ Whatever you want to call it, it’s when a trained inspector checks the home for wood-destroying insects or elevated moisture content. Termites aren’t the only wood-destroying insects, as you could also have powderpost beetles or carpenter bees; all of these insects eat and destroy wood.

Elevated moisture in wood is defined as moisture content greater than 20%. When wood gets wet and stays wet, it rots. Wet wood is fine as long as it dries, but over 20% means the wood is likely to start rotting, which causes the homeowner issues.

Additionally, the inspector will analyze whether there have been past infestations or high moisture. The final thing included in the report is whether the house is under any type of warranty. It’s a good thing if you have one, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. The only way to get a warranty is if the property has been treated for these issues in the past.

“When wood gets wet and stays wet, it rots.”

If you have any questions about wood infestation letters or other questions like this you’d like us to answer, feel free to reach out to us via phone or email. We’d love to help you.

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