Monday, August 8, 2016

Cellar fungus

The growths shown are the mycelium, which transport nutrients to the fungus as it grows. They can get very large—large enough to pull off like a piece of string. It typically presents in woods that are in a damp environment. In my hardwood floors, the dampness originated where the subfloor touched a concrete porch foundation. It spread to the hardwoods and is currently sporing under the house.

As the fungus grows, it causes the interior of the wood to decay, although the top will appear fine until the condition worsens. 

You can use a DIY mixture of white vinegar and borax to scrub it, which has anti-fungal properties, though it is not a cure-all. This stuff is really neat looking when it spores. 

Creepy stuff.

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