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Mold and Your Kitchen

What is it that makes your kitchen one of the prime spots for mold growth? While humidity and heat facilitate mold growth, mold can only develop on organic matter, and your kitchen is certainly full of that. Because mold can be toxic and harmful to you and your family, it is important to have a professional mold inspection and analysis done of the mold you find in your kitchen to ensure your safety. As far as preventing mold growth in the first place goes, the experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems have a few tips for you to follow.

Keep it clean

Clean out your fridge, pantry, and cabinets of any food that is past its expiration date or that you know will not be eaten. Mold can start to develop on certain foods left sitting too long, so it is important to get rid of any of those potential sources of mold. You should also be emptying your garbage daily or at least multiple times a week; mold inspections have shown that mold grows easily on the organic matter in garbage cans.

Use vinegar to disinfect

You can use vinegar to kill off mold growths in your garbage disposal, on your cutting boards, and on your counter tops. You should also clean your kitchen weekly with some kind of antibacterial cleaning solution to discourage mold from developing.

Keep things well ventilated

Combat heat and humidity in your kitchen by running exhaust vents, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, or by opening a window while you cook. The more fresh, dry air you are able to supply your kitchen, the better your chances are of not developing mold.

 If you do see mold start to develop in your kitchen, then a mold inspection might be in order. Professionals from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can analyze the mold growth, determine whether or not it is a harmful variety of mold, and safely remove it from your home. Is your kitchen becoming the site of mold growth? Call us today to schedule an inspection.

Mold and Your Kitchen

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What Are Common Mold Growth Problems In The Winter?

Winter can be a lonely time of the year, with everyone staying in their homes to avoid the cold weather.  However, mold spores do not find the winter so lonely.  Mold spores take advantage of our behavior during the winter months.  As we shut our windows and doors, we create an environment that becomes suitable for mold to grow.  We at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems have some tips and solutions to help prevent mold growth during these cold winter months.

During the winter, there are several activities that we are more likely to perform that cause mold to grow.  We tend to close our windows, doors and whatever else we can in order to keep the cold from entering our cheery and hopefully warm homes.  By closing everything and insulating ourselves, we actually create an environment suitable for mold growth.  We tend to turn the thermostats up, which creates warmer air to combat the frigid winter air outside.  The downside to having our homes too encapsulated with insulation is that this warm air cannot escape.  The insulation traps in the warm condensation and humidity levels for a longer time during the winter because we are not opening our homes to the outside environment as much.  These factors lead to more possibilities of mold growth during winter months.

There are some hot spots where you can watch for this mold growth during the winter months.  Mold growth is commonly found on the exterior of drywall, sheet rock and in the corners of the home.  Corner rooms’ walls are subject to the warm air on the inside and cold air of the winter.  This creates a higher relative humidity level in these areas of the home.  The higher humidity is part of what causes mold to grow.  Just as the outside walls deal with differences in temperature, inside walls also combat the same issue.  If one room is much colder than the other then the same basic concept comes to life in this scenario as well.  Winter months can be tricky in preventing mold growth but we do have some tips for you.

Do not get too worried.  We have some tips for you that can alleviate some of these potential mold growth scenarios during winter.

  • Make sure to clean areas in which you have experienced mold growth in the past during winter months.        
  • If you find one particular spot in your house that tends to be more humid than others you can place a dehumidifier in the area.
  • Do not store food scraps, clothing materials or other sources mold can grow on in these more humid areas of your home.
  • Make sure to repair any source of water leaks in your home, such as a pipe or window.
  • Make sure your gutters are clean so water can flow freely from your roof.
  • Make sure to use exhaust fans or opens windows when creating moisture in the air, such as when you shower.

Here at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we can protect your home and family from winter mold growth with mold remediation services from certified mold technicians. We are a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Our mold inspectors are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!

 If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

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Sources

http://advantaclean.com/blog/mold-growth-in-winter/

http://m.wikihow.com/Prevent-Mold-from-Growing-in-Your-Home

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Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Services provides Mold Removal, Mold Testing, Mold Inspections, Flood Restoration, and environmental cleaning services in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of West Virginia. Call Us for a Free Consultation at 443-687-7300. We are Certified and Licensed Mold Remediators and Mold Inspectors.