It is natural for timber to decay. Fungi rot is a process where fungi consumes timber as a food source. This is an essential process of the cycle of life and ecology of the planet as the natural process of this is to return nutrients from dead plant matter back into the environment. Unfortunately, when this process happens in your home it can be expensive to repair if you are unaware of its presence.
For fungi rot to thrive it requires:
- A food source of wood
As natural elements, the food source and oxygen are not so easily eliminated but moisture can certainly be controlled to some extent. All fungi decay requires moisture to thrive. There are three main categories of fungi decay – Brown Rot, White Rot and Soft Rot of which Brown Rot is the most commonly found.
So how can we control Timber Rot?
Moisture Barriers: Keeping surfaces coated with barriers such as paints or varnishes or any material that stops moisture ingress. These are generally adequate at keeping moisture out, but over time they begin to fail, and then moisture can be trapped inside the timber leading to damage including fungi rot.
Timber Preservatives: Treatments such as Timber Preservatives can help to control rot and can also help protect the wood from termites and borer. This is a specialized process and just like with pest control products, wood preservatives are required to be registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
The importance of regular timber pest inspections
As timber decay is a natural occurrence in the breakdown of timber building materials it is very important, in the interest of good home maintenance, to have a professional timber pest inspection carried out on your home at regular intervals i.e. at least once a year. This is a preventable maintenance inspection that covers fungi rot, termites and borer and the benefit to you as a home owner is that this could potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Call us today and make an appointment for your independent, thorough and comprehensive report on 5476 5550.