The causes of this fungus:

Dry rot is an organism that is present in nature (it destroys stumps and other elements on the ground). This lignivorous fungus is a formidable enemy of worked wood. However, four conditions must absolutely be met to promote its proliferation:

✔︎ Darkness
✔︎ Humidity
✔︎ Lack of ventilation
✔︎ The presence of materials containing cellulose: worked wood, cardboard, paper, etc.

Weeping Merula (Serpula Lacrymans)

This wood-eating, xylophagous fungus which destroys structures made of organic materials such as wood. Its passage is remarkable, as it will leave the state of the wooden structures in cubic rot. This type of rot is comparable to elements of residual wood following a fire, which means that fire such as dry rot destroys the cellulose in the wood so what remains is lignin (cubic rot).

It is important to demystify the fact that weeping rot can attack foundation and concrete. This point is not completely true, dry rot does not have the ability to pierce concrete, brick or even rubble. It will use them as a bridging (in order to make the bridge between two elements), it will bypass and even envelop each brick, each masonry or each concrete block in order to progress ever further.

It is important to mention that weeping dry rot is not harmful to the human body to date, but extremely devastating for the building. It is important to mention that weeping dry rot is not harmful to the human body to this day, but extremely devastating for the building. All the other molds present in crawl spaces are extremely harmful to health than the presence of weeping dry rot.

The fungus also called building cancer

Building cancer is also one of the names given to this house fungus. It holds this honor due to the constitution of filamentous mycelium (root networks) which spread like cancer in humans. When decontaminating dry rot, it is essential to eradicate all of the mycelia to ensure that they do not return. Because such metastases for cancer, dry rot can continue its progression. Once eradicated this cancer will spend the rest of your life trying to get inside the building, which is why it is essential to make the conditions unsuitable for its return.

This wood-eating, xylophagous fungus which destroys structures made of organic materials such as wood. Its passage is remarkable, as it will leave the state of the wooden structures in cubic rot. This type of rot is comparable to elements of residual wood following a fire, which means that fire such as dry rot destroys the cellulose in the wood so what remains is lignin (cubic rot).

It is important to demystify the fact that weeping rot can attack foundation and concrete. This point is not completely true, dry rot does not have the ability to pierce concrete, brick or even rubble. It will use them as a bridging (in order to make the bridge between two elements), it will bypass and even envelop each brick, each masonry or each concrete block in order to progress ever further.

It is important to mention that weeping dry rot is not harmful to the human body to date, but extremely devastating for the building. It is important to mention that weeping dry rot is not harmful to the human body to this day, but extremely devastating for the building. All the other molds present in crawl spaces are extremely harmful to health than the presence of weeping dry rot.

How to protect your house from the development of dry rot?

In order to be able to develop this house fungus requires certain particular conditions such as:

✔︎ An environment without ventilation
✔︎ An environment in the absence of light.
✔︎ Presence of food (for dry rot it is wood).
✔︎ Presence of moisture (often a direct link with the soil).

Without any of these conditions, weeping dry rot will not be able to develop. So the key to success following decontamination in order to ensure the non-return of dry rot is of course to put all the conditions that are not favorable to its development. Under conditions, weeping dry rot will not be able to develop.

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The spread of weeping rot in your home

This house mushroom has the ability to extend its tentacles a long distance. Contrary to popular belief, these mycelia cannot pierce concrete or masonry, they will bypass and surround them to such an extent that they will be buried. The moisture supply point can be several meters from the visible fungus. The moisture will be transported to the fruit (visible fungus) via the mycelia which will act as transport channels (empty tube shaped like straws). It is for these reasons that during decontamination work, removal or stripping will continue until the complete elimination of all traces of dry rot.

Of course, when performing the complete decontamination of dry rot, all mold decontamination protocols will be implemented and more. Certain treatments or procedures are specific to the decontamination of weeping dry rot.

Example:

✔︎ Burning of foundations or masonry in an open flame.
✔︎ Piercing and curative injection of a compound to eradicate dry rot. (compound exclusive to Fongix Décontamination Inc.)
✔︎ Certainly the rehabilitation of the crawl space when the weeping dry rot is present there.
✔︎ The installation of a compliant and fully sealed vapor barrier.
✔︎ The installation of a concrete slab to ensure the protection and durability of the vapor barrier.

Is the destruction of the house the only solution for decontaminating dry rot?

Many people with homes affected by weeping rot believe that destroying the entire home is the only way to get rid of it. ON THE CONTRARY, the houses affected by this fungus which must be destroyed form a very small part of the houses affected. It is important to mention that when carrying out decontamination work of weeping rot, in addition to completely eradicating building cancer (weeping rot fungus), implementing the appropriate corrective measures, we offer a full guarantee of work including analyzes carried out by independent laboratories.

One of the first recommendations made when meeting with people whose homes are affected by dry rot is of course: Not to rely only on the publicized case! Not all of the customers with whom we have performed weeping dry rot decontamination do not wish to be publicized. Due to a lack of information they and their neighbors mistakenly believe that weeping dry rot would like people in the neighborhood! It is essential to understand that weeping dry rot does not work by geolocation, by territorial limit, by municipality and especially not out of love for the neighborhood. It requires the ideal conditions for this development and only that!

What you should remember about this house mushroom

In summary what you need to remember about dry rot is that this building cancer, in order to be able to grow, requires certain essential conditions. In the absence of these conditions, no weeping dry rot will have the capacity to attack your vessel. That dry rot does not work in sectors or in places but beautiful and well in favorable conditions. Let the weeping rot only attack the building and not people. That molds in crawl spaces are a thousand times more dangerous to your health than weeping dry rot. That all the houses affected by the weeping rot are salvageable. Only a tiny part needs to be demolished and often because of the huge list of jobs other than weeping rot decontamination. In the event that a host of issues are identified such as:

✔︎ A roof with several infiltrations causing rot.
✔︎ Leaky windows that let water infiltrate and cause mold disorders.
✔︎ A waterproofing of the problematic property causing rotting in several places.
✔︎ Completely poor management of indoor moisture on a property causing mold.
✔︎ Etc.

The correction (renovations) of all of these problems could create an ultra-salty bill combined with the costs of decontaminating the weeping dry rot, it would certainly be a staggering amount. Projecting it all against the value of the property it may turn out that in some cases demolition is the solution. In these situations weeping dry rot is not the cause, rather it is a combination of issues that should have been corrected over time.

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