Structural Damage

Dry rot

Dry rot is the term given to brown rot decay caused by certain fungi that deteriorate timber in buildings and other wooden construction without an apparent source of moisture. The decayed wood takes on a dark or browner crumbly appearance, with cubical like cracking or checking, that becomes brittle and can eventually crush the wood into powder. Chemically, wood attacked by dry rot fungi is decayed by the same process as other brown rot fungi. Dry rot can be treated with special epoxy formulations that fill-in the channels of the damaged wood, killing the rot and restoring structural integrity An outbreak of dry rot within a building can be an extremely serious infestation that is hard to eradicate, requiring drastic remedies to correct. Significant decay can cause instability and cause the structure to collapse.

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Dry rot repaired by Trademark Exterminators

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Fungus may seem harmless in nature as it breaks down dead trees, but you don’t want it on your house. If you find fungus on your house, you need to take action to prevent damage to your home and health.

What does fungus look like and how is it caused?

Fungus develops under the right conditions, when wood and moisture come together.

Billions of dollars in wood are damaged by fungi every year. There are different kinds of fungus. You may notice white patches on wood, which is a type of fungus created when wood is consistently wet.

Houses can serve as excellent breeding grounds for fungi. Wood destroying fungus can be in your fascia, rafter tails, eaves, under your house in your crawl space, as well as other places in and on your home.

When you think of wood destroying organisms, termites definitely come to mind. But, there is another nuisance chewing away at the interior and exterior of your home. Fungus itself is merely a plant that lacks Chloroplasts which other allows other plants conduct photosynthesis and convert the energy of Sun into biological energy within themselves. However, since fungus does not have such an ability to grow itself, it grows by consuming the plants and wood on which it lives. Fungus comes in a variety of forms.

Fungus Control consists of inspecting structures for fungus damage and conditions which may lead to or already might have lead to fungus infestation and correcting these conditions, as well as conducting necessary repairs. The most important aspect of fungus control is inspecting accessible and visible wood members in structures and reporting and repairing fungus infestations and damage, if present. Repairing fungus damage includes replacing the damaged wood members as well as treating the conditions which lead to the damage.

Why you need to get rid of fungus:

Fungus is not harmless, and you need to get rid of it to protect yourself and your home. Fungus affects:

  • Your health – breathing in fungus spores is bad for your health and can make you sick.
  • The structural integrity of your home – Fungus develops from dry rot and compromises the structural integrity of your home. The wood becomes weak and can bend or break.
  • It can cost you a significant amount of money if left untreated – If the structural components of your home are compromised, you will need very costly repairs. The only way to prevent it, is to take care of the problem before it causes too much damage.

Call Trademark Exterminators, Inc. (951)727-8820 for a full inspection and possible treatment of your property.