Can molds grow in the kitchen?
Molds can grow anywhere in the home, including the kitchen. (Photo Credits)
Molds can be anywhere in a humid or water damaged house, but not all homeowners can be aware of that. Fortunately there are ways that could clue household members about the existence of molds in their home, if they have not yet been affected by it health-wise. As it is molds are commonly experienced by allergy sufferers, in particular those who may be triggered with inhaling mold spores. The best thing to do upon suspecting of mold issues is to check out possible signs of mold infestation and seek professional mold restoration assistance.
The kitchen is one of the most frequently used part of the home, and it is there where water damage can occur as well as humidity problems. It is one area that a homeowner should check if there indeed is a mold issue at home.
Moldpedia.com for instance shared that if there had been a water leak anywhere in the home, mold growth could very well be happening where the leak has occurred.
“if you already know that you have had a water leak (such as leaking pipes or a leaking ceiling) then just that knowledge by itself, even if you don’t see signs of water damage, is a good sign that you might have mold growing in your house around the area where the leak was. Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through.”
Check out the full write-up here.
Cleaning up mold
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meanwhile shared several measures that can be done in case there is indeed a mold issue at home. In the guidelines they posted in their website, they mentioned a step-by-step procedure on simple mold removal for areas with relatively minor mold growth.
“If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes. Open windows and doors to provide fresh air. Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear. If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings.”
Check out the full guidelines here.
Preventing mold issues
WebMD.com meanwhile shared some ways to prevent mold growth anywhere in the home. In the article they also mentioned how molds can adversely affect human health. Read more here
“Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air. Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores. Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.”
The rest of the tips can be seen here.
Mold prevention will always be better than having to undertake removal and restoration.