The following statements describe "item" designations as listed in a "seperated" termite report.

Section One contains items where visible evidence of active infestation (termites, beetles, etc.) or infection (wood decay fungi) were found. Old evidences will not be listed as section one unless damage exists that would require repair. Damage is defined as a wood member which has been structurally weakened to a point that it no longer performs its intended function. If the damage exists at a visible portion of the interior or exterior it must be repaired or replaced as it is cosmetically compromised. Only damaged portions of wood members must be repaired or replaced if the wood member does not bear structural loads. Structural members must be repaired in a mannor as to retain the structural integrity. The size, scope and/or cost of a recommended correction does not cause that item to be a section one correction. The correction must be related to an active infestation or infection to be categorized as a section one item.

Section Two contains items where a condition exists that is "deemed likely" to lead to infestation or infection. This includes, but not limited to, plumbing leaks, excessive moisture conditions, wood to ground contact, roof leaks and shower leaks. The cost or extent of needed correction has no effect on this designation. This section may also include recommended corrections to moisture damaged items such as cabinets or drywall. The word "damage" does not necessarily designate a correction as section one. Damage caused by leakage or some other moisture condition is a section two item unless infestation or infection is present. Mold growths are not an infection as they are not a wood destroying fungus.

Further inspection recommendations may be made if there is an area of the structure which would normally be inspected, but is not accessible for one or more reasons such as locked access door, lack of or inadequate access opening, lack of adequate clearances below floors or excessive storage. A Further Inspection recommendation cannot be listed as section one or section two unless there is visible evidence of infestation, infection or adverse condition extending into or from the inaccessible area.

Informational items may be listed on a termite report to disclose to parties in interest questionable conditions where there is no clear evidence of adverse condition.

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The role of government in our lives seems to be under scrutiny. The EPA was an essential tool to help clean up our environment in the 70's and 80's. Now with the goals accomplished, many are wondering if they have gone too far. Farmers and businesses are now crying "FOUL". We encourage all citizens search the internet and do their homework on the issue.

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