White film

Asked April 5, 2019, 1:06 PM EDT

We have a supporting column in our home made from a tree that was cut down several years ago. There is a white crust forming on part of it. I’m not sure if it’s something I should be concerned about? Thank you for your assistance!


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Hello. The image quality is pretty good here, however I'm not able to identify the source of this white film. Can you remove a piece of it? It is possible that it's a fungi, though there would have to be a source of moisture for the fungi to survive. Is the wood still relatively wet? This could also be dried resin - if you scrape some off and smell it, does it have a sweet smell, or perhaps like turpentine?

It might be worth calling in a pest control company or perhaps a home inspector so that they could positively identify the material and tell you if there's cause for concern.