Your Kitchen and Mold

Kitchen Mold Removal

Are you concerned that black mold could be lurking in your kitchen, perhaps hiding in the cupboards? Not only is it unattractive, it can also cause respiratory problems for your family. The following guide can help you locate, prevent and destroy any black mold that has taken up residence in your kitchen.

Where to find black mold in the kitchen?

Black mold tends to grow in dark, damp areas, which means it could be festering in a kitchen cabinet or cupboard for a long time before you uncover it. For this reason, it’s vital that you identify the areas in your kitchen that are going to be most prone to mold growth. This will give you the necessary knowledge so that you can find the problem before it gets too bad. Places to check include the following:

    • Underneath the kitchen sink. Check the cabinet bottom and the back wall where the sink pipes enter for dampness or past signs of water damage, such as bubbling or peeling surfaces. Even if black mold isn’t visible, it could be growing on the underside of the sink cabinet or behind the wallboard.
  • Under the refrigerator. A leak from a water line to the icemaker or simple condensation collection underneath the fridge could create the optimum environment for fungal growth. If your kitchen flooring looks like it has suffered water damage or if there is standing water and mildew present, black mold could also be growing under the floorboards. Also, check any cupboards near the fridge to make sure there is no moisture damage.
  • Cabinets above or next to wall mounted microwaves or oven hoods. Another common trouble spot is behind the cabinets that border microwaves and hoods. This is because moisture and condensation from cooking can accumulate in these cupboard areas, especially if ventilation is insufficient.

Kitchen mold prevention

Since prevention is key to black mold management in the home, now that you know your kitchen’s trouble spots you are better able to stop it from growing in the first place.

Begin by checking underneath the sink on a regular basis and fixing leaks immediately. Keep the sink cupboard area clean and neat so you can empty it out for a quick leak check regularly. If you are like many people and use this cupboard area for cleaning supplies, place the supplies in a handled carrier so you can quickly pull everything out. A good time to check is after you have been using the sink, such as after dishwashing. If there is a leak, it is likely going to be damp if you just drained the sink.

As for the fridge, it’s good practice to pull it out and dust the rear coils every one to two months, anyway. Simply pencil this chore into your home maintenance calendar. You can then use this opportunity to check beneath the fridge for leaks and to make sure water lines are attached and not leaking.

Finally, inspect the area around and under the cabinets, microwave, and hood after you use the oven or microwave. If you find a lot of moisture or condensation, chances are that you need to add a stronger fan or better ventilation to the kitchen.

Kitchen mold removal

Black mold can be tenacious when it comes to removal. Although you can often remove the visible black mold by yourself, there is likely hidden mold that you cannot find for removal as easily. The basic removal process is as follows:

Step 1: Testing Testing is done if there is signs of moisture but no obvious visual signs of fungal growth. Testing may also be done if there is light visible growth, since the remediation firm will need to determine the extent of the growth.
Step 2: Seal the infested area The home is sealed. This means that the area that has mold, in this case the kitchen, is sealed off from the rest of the house so that black mold removal doesn’t send spores into other areas.
Step 3: Identification and replacement The cause of moisture is identified and fixed. Otherwise, the mold will simply return if there is still a moisture source. This may mean the removal and replacement of cabinets and wallboard so they cleaning can occur under them.
Last step: Removal and cleaning The actual removal and remediation begins. The crew will use a disinfecting and cleaning solution that removes and kills the fungus. Stains from the black mold may be present on cabinets, but these can usually be painted over and repaired.

Wipe out a bad mold problem

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There isn’t enough elbow grease that could wipe out a bad mold problem.  An urban myth usually states that 1 part bleach and 9 parts water will help remove mold from your home. After adding this solution to a wall, its more probable that you just added water to a mold problem,

How long does is take to clean mold from a wall? Well, if it is done correctly and with the right building materials, once.

Different solutions have been made for mold removal and mold cleaning over the years.  Without a proper understanding of the water (moisture) intrusion, mold will be difficult to remove or clean.

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Real Estate Los Angeles, CA

Thinking you might skip the mold inspection before you buy one of the most expensive purchases in your lifetime?  During any real estate transaction, a potential homeowner must decide what type of inspections they should conduct before buying the property.

 


The truth is, a real estate mold inspection will help identify features of your building, undetected by your standard home inspection report.  The above photo is taken from a real estate inspection for mold and water damage.  The Building Inspection Service identified areas of water damaged materials.  After further inspection, these materials had been removed, repaired and painted prior to fun guy’s scheduled building inspection. Our certified mold inspector was able to identify pipes, repaired, but still leaking below the sink! 

 

From the field of view in the picture, you can tell how the area had been painted white within the cabinet in an attempt to hide the visible conditions of water damage and mold growth.  Left Side of the Photo

 

Upon further inspection (lifting the board up) of the area below the kitchen sink, black mold was revealed on the wall below the kitchen cabinet’s (false) flooring. Right side of the Photo

 

Water Damage to the base of the kitchen cabinets and surrounding supports appeared more extensive and began to spread to others areas in the building.  Including a closet and the garage, the walls surrounding the kitchen were also affected by water damage and toxic mold growth conditions.

 

The buyer was aware of the areas that could not be covered up with paint.  Exposed during Fun Guy’s Real Estate Mold Inspection Building Report, the true conditions were reported on the building prior to the real estate purchase.

 

A Building Inspection Check List  includes a Real estate mold inspection.  Fun Guy Inspection & Consulting LLC makes every attempt to identify areas of moisture intrusion, measure the areas of moisture content of the building materials, and identify any unsightly mold growth – Look for FunGuy before You Buy.

 

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How Mold Can Grow Inside Your Home

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Los Angeles, CA November 26, 2012

If you could only see the water damage and mold growing in your home. It might be just like using an x ray machine to see into the walls of your buildings.  In some places you would see mold growing, others dry rot, wood rot, pests and insects roaming the cellulose divided hallways.

The picture of mold growing in the windows of this home is a prime example of how different components can work in harmony to create life.

The three essential components of mold growth involving mold spores, moisture, and a minimal carbon source.  From these components the organism (Fungi | Mold | Mildew) are able to initiate growth, digest carbon components by using digestive enzymes to breakdown the cellular bonds of each substrate and reproduce.

In this case water intruding into the window, from outside the window pane, results in increased humidity and possibly dew on the inside.  Over an extended amount of time, this will promote bacterial and mold colonies to proliferate with the available moisture.  This is an isolated instance, yet water and moisture in the building materials can spread and extend further into neighboring walls, units or down multiple floors (in a larger style buildings).

Mold spores are found everywhere in the environment; inside and outside your home.  Your home may have an air handling unit, the essential lungs to your home.  If mold growth is observed the chances of mold spreading to different areas is a real possibility.  Mold Testing specialist can help determine, by sampling for mold spores, levels that maybe above normal or acceptable ranges.

A known essential to life’s building blocks is the single and multiple carbon chains that exist in nature.  Indoor Allergens such as insects parts, cat dander, mold spores, and pollens exist within our home.  This may provide the basic elemental substrates to be added into the window pane by wind, pressure and other dynamic building features.

Additional investigations that indentify water damaged areas will greatly decrease your chances of mold growing within your home.  Water damage tip:  respond to moisture damage accordingly.  Your initial response to water damage can results in a favorable turn of events and reduce the costly repairs.

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