Fungus is a wood-destroying organism that will attack all grades of lumber. Dry
rot is the end result of the fungus infection. The wood has a crumbling appearance
and can fall apart in your hand. The cause of this condition is usually construction
defects in the presence of an excessive moisture condition, such as damp crawl
spaces, inadequately sealed earth fill porches or wood siding in direct contact
with the soil in a planter or plumbing that is leaking directly on wood framing
members. Moisture is the triggering factor. If you eliminate the moisture you
control the fungus.
Some forms of decay fungi can cause serious damage to a house in a short period
of time. Determination of the extent of the damaged lumber can be difficult for
the untrained. A piece of lumber which has been infected will have lost as much
as 50% of its structural strength. Treated lumber can be installed as replacement
construction. However, eliminating the moisture and providing proper ventilation
in crawl spaces is the most important aspect of dealing with this problem.
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