Dry rot and sponge mushrooms

Underestimated Risk of dry rot - Massive damage in a very short time

Dry rot and sponge mushrooms

Moisture damage can have dramatic consequences for buildings and their occupants, "Whether mold or dry rot fungi, for the homeowner, the consequences are usually severe. While we have the health risks for people in the eye in mold growth, is in the diagnosis of 'dry rot' acute threat to the buildings in the foreground, "says Dr. Martin Pitschke, head of DomoLytik Institute, from the daily practice of interior and building analysis.

"Since wood-destroying fungi such as dry rot (so it says already the name) Remove the wood substance to the depths, they can affect the static stability of buildings to massive - and has in a short time. however, molds are relatively harmless in this light because they grow only superficially to the affected materials. "

Contents on rot

  • On suspicion of sponge mushrooms quick action is a must
  • Against dry rot infestation only radical cure helps
  • Background: diversity of wood-destroying fungi (mushrooms timber)

On suspicion of sponge mushrooms quick action is a must

Especially in older buildings with load-bearing wood construction, the longer exposure to moisture often fatal. Real dry rot about making an expensive renovation inevitable. For the timber mushroom cut the wood cellulose, can it become brittle and ultimately leads to acute danger of collapse. The Tricky because the expert said, "that long before the layman detects something, the internal destruction of the wood may be in the advanced stage."

It is important, therefore, to take early a professional installer, recommends Dr. Pitschke. "If you wait here too long, potentiates the risk." Moreover, victims can only early intervention still trying to avoid high renovation costs. Experts - such as DomoLytik - determine the cause and nature of the attack, the damaged areas boundaries and help the cause to eliminate the long term.

Against dry rot infestation only radical cure helps

Despite the very different loss scenarios there is a main cause of mold and wood-destroying fungi: moisture. "And here must grab all the preventive measures," the DomoLytik Institute Director emphasized. "But is once the child fell into the well, can be a clean-up - even after the elimination of water damage - no longer be avoided." If the moisture content of infested wood drops, the wood-destroying fungi pass into a dry mortis. By re-hydration they can grow explosively again. Fungus Infested wood must therefore always be removed, as required by the relevant DIN 68800th In addition, only a chemical wood preservative treatment of the remaining and on the replacement timber provides sufficient security against a new infestation. For this environmentally friendly and healthy boron salts should be used as a rule.

Background: diversity of wood-destroying fungi (mushrooms timber)

To the timber fungi include Porlinge, gloeophyllum and dry rot, basement sponge and sponge pores. In Central Europe, a total of about 60 different species are found in buildings.

The most damage is addressing at the real dry rot, which also draws on an individual basis, the most comprehensive remedial measures by themselves. Therefore, the dry rot and the successful fight against the building authority must be reported in individual provinces. Because of its importance underestimated and dissemination of real dry rot was (DGfM) elected in 2004 by the German Society for Mycology for "Mushroom of the Year".

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