Kitchens pose a significant risk for hazardous mold growth in a home because of the considerable water usage that takes place there. For this reason, this article will discuss some of the critical areas in your kitchen that are targets for mold growth and what you can do to stay ahead of the game.
1. Hazardous Mold Growth Under Sinks
The most common place to find hazardous mold growth in a kitchen is underneath the sink. A lot of people will read that and think, well I use the space under my kitchen sink all the time, how could mold grow there without me noticing it? The answer is that studies have shown that most people use the front portion primarily for storage space under their kitchen sink and leave the back of that storage area for deep storage. The backspace is the place that goes the most unused in that cabinet area and also tends to be the most cluttered, the clutter plus the darkness is a perfect recipe for mold growth, throw in even the tiniest of leaks or even condensation from your kitchen sink pipes, and boom, you have a mold colony! If that colony grows into a black mold or a toxic mold colony, then it can become an issue. Hazardous mold is linked to a slew of health issues, including but not limited to brain damage, immune system complications, as well as headaches, and respiratory issues.
2. Hazardous Mold Growth Behind and Under the Dishwasher
Behind and underneath your dishwasher can also be a problem area for hazardous mold growth. Dishwashers are usually insulated which in itself is generally impervious to mold growth, but the space between the insulation and the cabinetry or the floor or wall could grow mold if exposed to moisture. If you start to smell a moldy scent coming from the dishwasher, it is probably a good idea to pull it out and check it for mold. Although this process can be cumbersome and possibly even costly, it is well worth it.
3. Hazardous Mold Growth Behind and Under the Fridge
Most people have a water line running into their refrigerator, and this line should be checked regularly. It is warm and dark behind the fridge, and if you add in a little moisture, it becomes the perfect recipe for mold and mildew growth. Dangerous mold can begin growing pretty quickly, so don’t wait.
If you have hazardous mold growth and need hazardous mold remediation services in Asheville, NC or Hendersonville, NC, call Secure Restoration at (828) 490-7800 today.