WOOD DAMAGE DUE TO FUNGUS:
A fungus is a plant that lack chlorophyll and therefore is not green like other plants. Since fungi lack chlorophyll, it must obtain energy from other sources. In simple terms, fungi are parasites which can eat wood and cause extensive damage, sometimes even more than termites.
Several conditions can cause excessive moisture in wood, such as:
- Evaporation of soil moisture
- Poor drainage
- Leaks in plumbing – wood to ground contact
- Condensation (sweating)
- Poor ventilation
- Downspouts and/or gutters in poor conditions (be alert to these conditions)
- Standing water
- Paint blistering
- Rusty metal
- Warped floors or roofs
- Sticking doors and windows
- Break down of glue adhesives
- Wood inhabiting fungi
NON-DESTRUCTIVE FUNGI: They do not reduce the strength of the wood since fungi does not attack the cell wall. Their presence however, indicates a moisture contact and could promote destructive fungi.
DESTRUCTIVE FUNGI: The destructive types of decay fungi attack and digest the cell wall, which results in a general weakening in the strength of the wood.
FUNGI PREVENTION: Maintain lower levels of moisture in the wood and determine the source of the moisture and take the required action to eliminate it.
CHEMICAL TREATMENT: Chemically treat wood with a licensed fungicide. Cut out and replace damaged wood as needed, and as always have a licensed technician provide you with a Wood Destroying Pest and Organism report.
Call Knight Termite & Pest Control: 619-280-2400
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