Mold in your kitchen can prevent you from cooking and hurt your health in the process. You don’t want to be cooking a big meal and smell mold instead of the meal you’re cooking. The kitchen is one of the rooms in the home that is the most susceptible to mold growth because of heightened humidity. Boiling, steaming, and doing the dishes are all habits that may lead to mold. Our mold experts of MoldGone in Maricopa County, Arizona specialize in mold removal which includes kitchen mold remediation. Today we’ll discuss where mold grows in the kitchen and how to prevent it.
Where Does Mold Grow in the Kitchen?
Mold and black mold in the kitchen are an unappealing sight and smell, but it’s fairly common because of the high amount of moisture and humidity. The most common places for mold growth in kitchens are cabinets and underneath the sink. In addition to these places, there may be mold under the hood above the stove, on the faucet, and even behind the fridge.
As for cabinets, mold thrives in damp and dark places, so the inside of kitchen cabinets is an optimal environment for mold growth. The number one reason mold grows in kitchen cabinets is because of wet or damp dishes and leftover pieces of food. These conditions paired with no sunlight can lead to moldy kitchen cabinets.
Another common mold location is underneath the kitchen sink. Black mold often grows underneath the sink because of cracked or leaky pipes. The mold appears as black splotches or patches on the wood. It may also gather around the sink plumbing which may signify a pipe leakage. Black mold is toxic and can cause adverse health effects like asthma and other related respiratory issues. If you have black mold under your kitchen sink, we recommend that you contact MoldGone as soon as possible for a free inspection and safe removal to prevent further damage to your home and health.
Prevent Mold in Your Kitchen
Preventing mold in your kitchen cabinets and underneath the kitchen sink is possible with a few everyday habits. By practicing these daily, you can prevent mold in your kitchen.
To prevent mold in kitchen cabinets, only put dishes into cabinets when you’re sure they are dry. If you put dishes with water on them into your cabinets you increase the chance of mold in your cabinets. If you use a drying rack for your dishes, check that they are dry when you take them out. To further minimize the chances of moldy kitchen cabinets, dry off any leftover water with a dish towel and then put the dishes away.
Preventing black mold underneath the kitchen sink may require a bit more maintenance because you don’t look underneath the sink every day. To make sure there’s not a leaky pipe or other excess water underneath the sink, our experts recommend checking a few times a week. Another way you can prevent mold under the sink is by cleaning the sink regularly. After you finish washing dishes, wipe the areas around the sink dry. This helps catch any water that may contribute to mold around the faucet or on the steel outlining. This can help prevent mold in the kitchen sink overall, not just underneath.
Mold Remediation in Maricopa County
Mold in your kitchen can interfere with cooking and serving your favorite meals. If you suspect you have mold in your kitchen and you live in Maricopa County contact our MoldGone team. We’ll remove the mold with our dry-fog technology so you can start cooking again in a mold-free kitchen and enjoy meals with your guests.
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