Wood that gets embedded in mortar or concrete is common around many homes. In an ideal world, this should not be the case. When there is wood embedded in mortar or concrete moisture may get trapped in the wood, resulting in deterioration, rot or occasionally mold and mildew.
Limited repairs may occasionally be needed and if not corrected, then the issue generally becomes part of a homes maintenance program.
Why this happens
Embedment of wood usually occurs due to poor design or when a porch, patio or room has been added to a home. At times it may indicate that when the work was done that no permit was obtained.
What do 99% of buyers do about this?
Home Inspectors will often tell you that the majority of time, that buyers seldom do anything about this, other than limited maintenance.
Who to consult? Handymen and siding contractors.
Home owners and handymen often do limited maintenance and repairs when there is damage from siding being embedded in concrete or mortar. Siding contractors are the most proficient in making repairs or changing the siding it-self.