Aside from being just plain ugly, mold and mildew are bent on destruction. The last thing you want to do is provide a water park for their enjoyment. Possessing no social scruples, they’ll bring along all their friends without asking you. Shameless.
The heart of your home, its kitchen, is filled with wonderful water world possibilities for mold and mildew to flourish.
Here are five super simple ways to protect your family’s health and your home’s well-being. Prevent kitchen mold and mildew from forming. Beat them at their own game:
- Clean the inside of your refrigerator regularly, at least twice a year. Wipe down all areas with a natural cleaner. One suggestion is to grab a spray bottle and fill it with a cup of vinegar, two teaspoons of a natural dish soap like Seventh Generation, Melaleuca’s Lemon-Brite, or Mrs. Meyers and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (citrus or lavender are typically good choices). Add two cups of warm water, shake, and use.
- Inspect the floor in front of your dishwasher and your refrigerator. Do you see any bumps in the flooring? If so, or if you notice any discoloration, you may have a water leak problem. Since we’re in and out of homes year-round, this is one of the first things we look for. It’s easy to miss if you’re walking past it every day. That’s why we point it out here.
- Do double duty by clearing everything out from underneath the sink. Set it aside for now, and fill up the sink with water as high as it’ll go. Then let it drain and position yourself under the sink with a good flashlight and a decent-size mirror with a handle. Look for leaks coming from valves or hoses.
- Vent fumes from your stove to the outside with an exhaust fan when cooking.
- Check the humidity level in your home. If needed, invest in a humidifier to remove excess water from the air. Not only will it improve indoor air quality, it can keep your home more comfortable, especially in the warmer summer months.
Check out any signs of water, mold or mildew immediately. If you are unable to easily and safely make a repair yourself, please call for help. In the case of water, you may need a trained technician to help you because it is not always easy to follow the full path of where water travels. For example, if there is a leak in the kitchen, you want to be certain that it is not traveling downward and causing damage to wood or drywall.
We are a resource, here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about what you are seeing, or if you need a referral to a trusted provider of services that we don’t offer.
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