How to Prevent Mold Under the Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is probably one of the most highly used fixtures in your home. Between washing dishes, cooking, and many other activities, your kitchen sink sees a lot of water and humidity. With time, this is a recipe for mold growth.

Often this develops unseen on the base of your sink, the cracks on its underside, and even inside the drainpipe. In kitchens that lack good ventilation, this problem can develop quickly and be hard to solve. Let’s take a look at some of the particular causes of mold under your kitchen sink and how they can be solved.

Direct Causes of Mold Under a Kitchen Sink

First of all, the high humidity in your kitchen without regular cleaning will nearly inevitably result in mold growth. But often, mold can result from another source and thrive in the dark, humid condition under your kitchen sink. Some of these causes include:

  • Leaks from water supplies and drains
  • Leaks from surrounding cabinets and appliances
  • A leak from another part of your home that drains into the kitchen

Once a mold problem is discovered, it must be solved quickly. If the problem is serious, it is time to call a mold remediation specialist. If it is mild, you may be able to solve it with some thorough cleaning.

How to Clean Mold From a Kitchen Sink

Cleaning mild mold issues from your sink can be done with soap and water or a mixture of water and bleach. You will need to apply the solution you choose and then thoroughly scrub the entire surface to ensure any presence of mold has been removed.

This means that you will need to wear gloves and eye protection. Also, ensure the kitchen is well-ventilated the whole time you are working.

For treating pipes, you can use vinegar and a pipe cleaning brush to remove any buildup from the pipes and then rinse thoroughly. However, if you find the problem is too serious to easily remove either in the pipes or underneath the sink, call a mold remediation specialist because the problem will return.

Preventing Mold Buildup

Once any mold has been removed, you will need to take steps to ensure the problem does not return. This means keeping humidity and any source of moisture gone. Here are a few tips:

  • Run a fan while you are cooking to ventilate and keep humidity down.
  • Dry up spills immediately.
  • Add ventilation to your kitchen.
  • Fix cracks and leaks to prevent moist air from entering.

Final Thoughts

Mold in your kitchen can build up quickly and be hard to solve on your own. If the mold issue is not minor or comes back after cleaning, you likely cannot solve it on your own. To remove mold and prevent it from coming back, it is best to talk to a mold remediation specialist. They can permanently remove all traces of mold and provide professional guidance on how to prevent it from coming back.

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If you have a mold problem under your sink that you can’t seem to solve, contact Restore Pro. Our team has more than twenty years of experience helping homeowners with all their restoration needs. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 and connect with us on Facebook.