Wood decay fungus is a type of a fungus that feeds on certain parts of wood members that make the wood strong. In other words if fungus damaged a wood member for a long enough time it will compromise the structural integrity of the wood. Sometimes you could identify that the damaged portion of the wood is darker, cracked or appears to be weathered. The most typical type of wood damaging funguses attach dead wood, but there are types thy even attack living trees.
Fungus begins as a small tiny spore in a form of a dust particle. This spore is carried by wind and air until it settles on a piece of wood that has enough moisture for the spore to grow. Of the moisture is consistent then the spore will grow small white roots that begin to digest the wood. Eventually growing to a larger plant. The final stage is when the fungus plant fruits by producing millions of spores that it sets free to fly and start new fungus infections.
Fungus spores will land in wood pieces, typically unsealed unpainted wood members. These wood members could be exterior wood members of the home such as: siding, trim, doors, windows, roof eaves, etc. The moisture is often produced by weather elements, leaking roof valleys, leaking gutter seems or just sprinkler heads spraying the side of a home. In some cases fungus could develop to the framing members due to leaking toilets, leaking showers, leaking windows, or improper ventilation in the attic or substructure. If the moisture is consistent the infection will grow to dry rot and damage the wood members structural integrity.
In California we have a government agency that governs and regulates licensed inspectors to identify fungus and recommend treatments. Often times a fungicide treatment is sufficient enough to inhibit the growth of wood decay fungi. The Inspector and applicator have to be licensed with the Structural Pest Control Board. Here at Good Life Construction INC we do not hold a license with the SPCB. Our specialty and scope is in the actual reconstruction/ replacement of wood members as a licensed contractor. Good Life Construction INC works tightly with other companies that are licensed to identify and apply fungicides should such treatment be necessary
In many cases the repair/ replacement of the damage portion could get tricky. Here at Good Life Construction INC we specialize in repairing/ replacing infected wood members at a minimum cost. We are experts at making the necessary repairs without cutting corners and keeping cost down at the same time.
Keeping your exterior wood members sealed and painted. Repairing any plumbing, roofing, window leaks. Ensuring proper ventilation in the attic and substructure. Doing this will save you a lot of money in the long run of caring for your home. We also recommend getting a biannual inspection from a licensed termite company to catch any infection or infestation early on.