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It’s Not Just Termites and Carpenter Ants Eating People’s Homes - Wood Rot Fungi are also Common Culprits

EMSL Analytical offers testing services to identify fungi that cause wood rot and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in homes and buildings.


Cinnaminson, NJ, October 2, 2013

Ever since man began constructing homes and buildings, one of the materials of choice has long been wood. When wood is properly maintained and protected from moisture and pests, buildings made from wood can last for centuries. 

Termites and wood destroying insects have long been blamed for the destruction of wood used in buildings, but they are not the only culprits. Wood also makes for an ideal food source for many types of fungi.  Mold can quickly begin to grow on or in wood materials when there is sufficient moisture and temperatures that are conducive for its growth. 

Some types of mold are primarily found growing on the surface of wood. This is commonly the case when there has been a water damaging event in a building caused by a leaking pipe, elevated humidity or some type of flood. The mold may be easily visible and can cause staining. When mold is growing on the surface of the wood it may become aerosolized and cause indoor air quality and health concerns for building occupants.

Other types of fungi not only use the wood as a food source, but also cause significant decay by breaking down the structural components. These wood decay fungi are classified based on the type of decay they cause. The most well known types include brown rot, white rot and soft rot.

“Wood decay fungi can cause extensive damage and may not show visible signs of their presence for years,” reported Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice-President of Microbiology & Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The damage can be severe enough to cause structural concerns. EMSL provides testing services to identify wood rot and decay caused by fungi as well as testing services for surface molds that cause indoor air quality issues.”

EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about wood decay, rot and surface fungi that can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for fungal contaminants or other environmental issues, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, microbial and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 



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