It is very possible for termite or other WDO damage or infestations to be concealed within walls or interstitial spaces even in homes that receive “clear” reports. A “clear” report is a report that states that no evidence of wood destroying organisms, infestation or damage was visible or accessible at the time of the inspection. It does NOT mean, however, that the buyer can be absolutely assured that there are no wood destroying organisms infesting the structure or that there is no hidden damage from termites or other wood destroying organisms. Such an infestation or damage may be hidden or may have been concealed and therefore not visible or accessible to the inspector.
Obtaining and reviewing documentation on previous termite treatment and protection contracts should also be an important part of the process. The only way to ensure that a home is safe from future termite damage is for the home to have been treated and bonded in the past or for it to be treated presently and to purchase a Full Repair and Re-treatment bond.