The kitchen is arguably the most popular room in your entire home. Your family and loved ones gather to eat delicious meals you have prepared, you wash dishes using your dishwasher or sink, and traffic is likely coming in and out daily. Countless memories are created in your home’s kitchen. Unfortunately, all of that cooking and cleaning fosters the perfect breeding ground for a homeowner’s least favorite fungus – Mold.
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen or are simply worried about your family’s health and safety, it is important to check your kitchen’s common areas for mold. The Center for Disease and Control Prevention suggests checking for mold regularly to prevent potential health risks to your family. Mold in your kitchen will look like a cluster of little spots, can be a variety of colors, and will smell musty.
If you do find mold in your kitchen, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Cleaning a mold-infested area may only get rid of the stain. It will not prevent the mold from growing and will not diagnose the moisture problem. It is best to call a professional to assess the damage and remove the moisture source. In some cases, you may need to contact a restoration company for mold remediation and removal.
Mold usually accumulates around areas that are likely to be damp and humid, most commonly in the bathroom and kitchen. There are quite a few places in your kitchen that you can regularly check for those pesky mold spores.
Under the Kitchen Sink
Under and around the kitchen sink is the most common place for mold to grow in your kitchen. Just think of all the exposure to water that sink gets! From washing and soaking dishes to the pipes underneath, the kitchen sink is the perfect breeding ground for mold. To prevent future mold from spreading, don’t let dishes pile up in the sink. Mold loves to spread around sitting water!
Pantry and Kitchen Cabinets
Mold also loves to hide in areas that do not receive a lot of ventilation, especially in areas where food is kept. Be sure to check your kitchen cabinets and pantries regularly for mold. You may need to take all of your food and dishes out to be sure you are investigating all areas. Be sure to clean your dishes and cabinet surfaces regularly while removing any expired or old food from the pantry.
Before you remodel your kitchen and install new cabinets, ask your team to do a visual inspection. Also – here’s a good time to check for any kitchen design mistakes that can lead to perfect mold growth areas.
Areas Where Recycling and Garbage are Kept
If you keep a trash can and recycling bin in your kitchen, be sure to check around this area as well. Many people like to keep their trash cans in cabinet or drawer, which leads to less ventilation. The combination of garbage sitting in an unventilated area (yuck!) creates the perfect home for mold to grow.
Around the Stove and Microwave
Remember, mold loves moisture! Your microwave and oven have likely seen their fair share of liquid spillage. From boiling water, soups, and grease, and areas where food is cooked are likely places for mold to grow and spread. Check around and behind your stove and microwave routinely
If you find mold, reach out to a certified mold remediation company or reach out to our team at NVS for a recommendation.