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Wood Decay and Termite

Wood decay and termite infestation are frequent problems observed during Forensic Building Inspections. On the microscopic level, the structure of wood is composed of hollow tubules running parallel to each other. The fibers are made up of cellulose & lignin. Termites travel within the member consuming the cellulose.

Wood staining and decay commence when specific decay organism colonize and inhabit the wood member, whether it be a fallen tree in a forest or a 2x4 inside the walls in your home. Multiple factors are required to occur in conjunction for decay to start and progress. Decay spores and free water must coexist in a suitable substrate that has a habitable temperature and pH. Once colonization occurs, it requires persistent moisture exposure to continue. At any time, when moisture exposure ceases, so does the progression of decay.

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