Fungus Problems

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Wood rotting fungi tends to spread rapidly from its inception and causes enzymes within the timber to break down, leading to eventual structural instability. In relation to wet rot, there are two main types of fungus: white rot, and brown rot. The most common of these is brown rot, also known as Coniophora puteana, which is often found in cellars permeated by damp.

Fibroporia vaillantii, also a brown rot, is a mining fungus found within damp timber which causes it to shrink due to the breakdown of cellulose and meicellulose, as it is the main food source for the fungus.

Dry rot, the most serious form of wood fungus, also known as Serpula lacrymans, is a cotton-like growth and can cause structural damage very quickly due to its rapid rate of spreading and breakdown of timber. The fungus grows in a moist environment but can be eradicated with the application of a combination of chemical fungus treatment. Because of this, it is rarely found in exposed timber work, but can be common in attics and cellars.

Wet and dry rot alike are caused by fungal problems. For a more in depth explanation of wet rot and dry rot, including symptoms and possible treatment methods offered throughout Lincoln, Horncastle, Skegness and surrounding areas, feel free to browse the dedicated pages.

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