Our inspectors are all based in the San Francisco Bay Area and have deep experience of both inspecting for termites and also treating them.
Most customers have little or no experience in dealing with termites or a professional organization that specializes in this area. The termite inspection is the starting point of the process and this is where the property is inspected in detail to identify what is happening, as it relates to wood-destroying organisms.
A termite inspector is a State-licensed individual, who has passed the "Branch 3 Field Representative" test. This test is a complex set of questions about many areas of the termite business, including building structure, entomology, organisms that can destroy wood and chemicals and processes designed to rectify property issues found. Approximately 50% of applicants will fail to meet the standard and will not pass this test and reach the licensed status.
Planet Orange has a full team of state-licensed inspectors who are not only qualified by the state, but have also become certified by Planet Orange. We continually train and re-train our inspectors on the latest techniques related to this role and pride ourselves on delivering quality inspections and property diagnosis.
Our inspectors are all based in the San Francisco Bay Area and have deep experience of both inspecting for termites and also treating them. Many of our inspectors have been in the industry for more than 15 years and have treated homes in San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and almost every other city on the Bay Area.
The single most important issue related to termite inspections, is to ensure that the inspection is complete, detailed and extremely thorough. It must include not only the active infestations from termites and other pests, but also a thorough analysis of the structural issues that have been caused by pests or water and also a detailed plan for how to resolve each issue. All of these findings are then translated to a "Wood Destroying Organisms" report. This report will explain exactly where the issues were found and will be broken down into sections, related to the specific issue. For Example, one section will describe issues relating to drywood termite activity and damage, and other sections will cover various other issues. The report will also include a diagram of the property, in order to more clearly explain the location of the infestation and/or damage.
Once the Planet Orange termite inspector has completed his site inspection, it is typical to review the findings with the property owner to more fully explain what was found, whether it be termite evidence, water damage, structural issue etc. This gives the property owner a chance to ask further questions and really understand what the current and potential future issues the property may have.
As per regulations, the full site inspection is then typed into a formal report that is sent to the property owner. This report will also include recommendations. These are the solutions to the identified issues. There may also be several optional solutions, which a customer may or may not choose to complete. A good example of this may be the suggestion of a preventative termite treatment to protect the structure in the future from additional infestations.
In summary, the most important thing to look for in a termite inspection is the most qualified and detail-oriented inspector. The more information available about a property, the easier it will be for a professional termite company to resolve any current issues and then protect the structure into the future. In addition, a good local knowledge of property characteristics in the geography is extremely helpful to ensuring a thorough assessment.
"They came in and explained how they do everything and it is different from the typical termite companies. They fixed it and I have not had any problems with termites. They use very clever technology."
M.L. - San Mateo