sacramento: Wood boring beetles - what you should know.... - 12/17/09 08:42 AM
After termites, wood-boring beetles are the most important wood-destroying insects in homes.
The amount of damage that wood-boring beetles cause depends on many factors. The type of wood (hardwood or softwood), the moisture of the wood, and the environmental conditions at the infestation site all affect the severity of beetle damage.
Only the larvae damage wood. The female lays an average of twenty to fifty eggs in crevices or on the ends of boards. When they hatch, the tiny larvae bore down into the wood (Photo 4). As the larvae grow, they bore to a point just underneath the surface of … (5 comments)

sacramento: Why you should get an inspection when buying a foreclosure home...... - 07/13/09 11:37 AM
When you are putting an offer on a foreclosure home, you should definitely get your inspections done. Whether this is an investment property or a home you plan to make your own....it's better to know what potential problems you may have to correct on your own.
 
Most foreclosure homes are as-is sales. Which means you are purchasing the house in whatever condition it is in. There are no guarantees expressed or implied from the seller. Most of the time, it is up to the buyer to do their homework and get the inspections done.
 
What you may not know … (2 comments)

sacramento: Dry rot (fungus damage) - Description of and prevention tips - 11/12/08 07:16 AM
Wood Decay Fungi Brown rot, white rot and soft rot are three classes of fungi that are listed according to the type of decay they cause. Wood decayed by brown rot fungi looks like dry leather and breaks easily into small cubical pieces. The strength of the wood decreases as the growth spreads. Most of the damage to structures is caused by brown rot. Wood decayed by white rot often assumes a bleached appearance, frequently has black lines through it and feels spongy. The strength of wood attacked by white rot decreases gradually with little loss in strength during early stages … (0 comments)

sacramento: Termites lay dormant in the winter.....can they still do damage? - 10/30/08 07:37 AM
(Subterranean termites)
The answer is yes. Although the colony is more dormant in the winter and the homeowner may not notice the same type of activity during the spring time, the colony is still active and still causing damage.
It's important to get the treatment done as soon as you are aware of the problem. You can then be sure that your home is not suffering future damage. It may not be necessary to replace the termite damage right away, as long as the damage isn't continuing to occur.
If you notice damage to wood or tubes that appear to be … (1 comments)

sacramento: Section One/Section Two - definitions - 10/22/08 08:04 AM
I get a lot of phone calls from people who are not familiar with termite reports, asking what is Section One? What is Section Two? Those are very valid questions. If I didn't work in the termite business, I would be just as confused as others. I don't know why they call it Seciton One or Two, but I can surely give you the meanings of them.
 
Section One - is an active infection or infestation of the wood. Which means something that is actively destroying the wood. For example....fungus, dry rot, termites. beetles.
 
Section Two - are conditions … (0 comments)

sacramento: Foreclosures...... - 10/10/08 08:46 AM
Todays real estate market is mostly foreclosures....we are seeing more and more of them. There are a few things I believe that prospective buyers should be aware of. Some banks seem to be discouraging pest inspections. Some banks are leaving it up to the buyers to even have one done at all.
 
I think a pest inspection is an important piece of information to have when considering purchasing a home, whether it is as an investment or your primary residence. There is a potential of thousands of dollars of damage just on the pest inspection. Then again, there may be … (0 comments)

 

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