Paints Do NOT Provide Long-Term Protection from Dock Fungus Attack THE FUNGUS STARTS LIKE THIS – THEN GETS PROGRESSIVELY WORSE UNTIL THE POST SPLITS AND IS DESTROYED <ul><li>A Fungus that is attacking marine wood has spread across Florida - on both coasts and Intracoastal waterways, salt or freshwater, to deck boards and posts. Outbreaks are reported from Jacksonville to Miami. </li></ul><ul><li>This new Fungus eats pressure treated wood </li></ul><ul><li>Once infected, the attack can progress to structural failure </li></ul><ul><li>Paints do not work because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paints do not deprive fungus of moisture and oxygen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paints fail rapidly in Florida due to sunlight </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Property owners are cautioned to avoid the expense of using paints or contractors who suggest that a new paint job will stop attack by Fungus. Fungicidal additives do not help, either…they just prevent fungal attack of the paint, but does nothing to isolate the fungus from its food source. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Actions That You Should Take: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek professional assistance to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspect your dock and posts (And those of your neighbors) Attacks will accelerate in warmer weather. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repair/remove damage (if any) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Properly treat the wood to isolate it from further fungus attack. </li></ul></ul>CASE IN POINT: One homeowner painted his posts last fall hoping to stop the attack. Here are the results: The continuing fungus damage eventually broke through the paint. The paint held in the moisture which actually accelerated the damage. In this case, the Fungus had eaten ¾-1-inch into the pole even after a fresh coat of paint.
<ul><li>Grind away fungus-damaged wood. </li></ul><ul><li>Also grind adjacent deck boards to remove as much fungus contamination as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply Bioxxn™ Wood Sealer to all surfaces </li></ul>Proper Treatment of Dock Structures The only means of mitigating attack by Fungus in treated wood is to disrupt the life-cycle of the fungus by depriving the organisms of moisture, oxygen, or the food source. Only an inorganic, long-lasting wood sealer such as Bioxxn™ Wood Sealer can do this, where paints and short-term silicone deck treatments cannot. Why? Only Bioxxn forms a cross-linked glass-like layer that bonds to and seals the wood. Here are the steps to take to save your investment: SMT Manufacturing, designers of the Bioxnn™ Wood Sealer system, is working with scientists at Duke University and with local government authorities to identify this Fungus and other contributing sources, and how it is spreading. But, the damage is a realty in Florida and we recommend you call a professional for inspection.
‘ I first started seeing the fungus about two years ago, but it’s really spread lately…We were sanding and using a clear paint, but that would last about six months and the fungus would come back. I started using the Bioxxn Wood Sealer about two months ago and, so far, so good.” - Matt Robinson, Paradise Custom Construction as quoted in the News Journal , January 30, 2010, Page 9A SMTM also is identifying and training contractors across Florida to help property owners identify Fungus attack and properly treat wood. The product is available to Do-it- Yourself (DIY) homeowners, but only through professional contractors who can teach you the proper techniques, environmental and safety procedures, and tools to protect your waterfront structures with Bioxnn™ Wood Sealer. If you have questions (or if you are interested in becoming a Bioxxn™ qualified contractor), please contact Tony Gedeon at [email_address] or firstname.lastname@example.org.