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Mold Growing Behind Your Fridge? Check Your Kitchen

by Alyssa Perkins

Mold can grow inside a refrigerator if it has a moisture problem. But if you find mold growing behind your refrigerator, you may have a broken or damaged plumbing pipe beneath the flooring or behind the wall. Follow the tips below to locate the source of the mold behind your refrigerator.

Inspect the Floor for Bubbled, Lifted, and Wet Tile

The first thing you want to do is rule out the refrigerator as the reason behind the mold. The appliance's drainage line or pan can clog up or leak water onto the flooring. If some of the water soaks into the floorboard behind the refrigerator, it can allow mold to grow on the wall.

Check the drainage line and pan to see if they show signs of dripping water. If you don't see any problems with the line or pan, check the tile for moisture. To do so, place a dry paper towel on the tile. If the tile becomes damp, you may have a problem with the plumbing pipe beneath your kitchen floor tile.

Wet tile may also appear lifted along the edges. Moisture can degrade the glue or adhesive keeping the tile in place, which causes the tile to loosen up from the floor. You may see some bubbling in the middle of the lifted tile if it's wet. If possible, try to remove the tile and examine the bare flooring beneath it. If there's large amounts of moisture and mold, it may be due to a bad plumbing pipe. 

If you don't find any of the problems above, continue with your inspection below.

Check the Wall for Leaking Plumbing Pipes

You want to check the wall behind your refrigerator for problems. Old or outdated plumbing pipes can leak over time, which allows water to seep or drip out of the pipe and soak into the wall's material. The wet material can attract the mold spores floating around your home.

You can see if there's a leaking plumbing pipe behind the wall with the tips below:

  1. Use a spray bottle filled with white vinegar and water to remove the mold from the wall. Mold can cause illnesses and allergies in some people, so remove it before you continue to step 2.
  2. Place a fan in the kitchen and allow it to dry the damp wall.
  3. Turn on your kitchen sink faucet and allow it to run slowly.
  4. Lean close to the wall and listen out for sounds of dripping or running water.

If you hear sounds of leaking water, have a plumber repair the pipe immediately. Mold will continue to grow and spread throughout the kitchen if you don't repair the pipe. If you didn't hear sounds of water during your inspection, you'll need to contact a mold remediation company for further assistance.

Contact a Mold Remediation Company

A contractor can inspect other places in your home that are known to harbor moisture, including your bathroom, basement, and air conditioning closet. These places may have leaky plumbing or poor ventilation. Sometimes mold grows in places with high humidity, such as hot attic.

Condensation is another possible reason for mold growth. If condensation tends to form on the wall behind your refrigerator, it can attract mold spores. Some refrigerators develop condensation on their outer surfaces. This can make it possible for mold grow as well.

After a contractor locates the source of the mold, they can begin the process of removing it. Once they complete the work, a contractor will generally offer suggestions on how to keep mold out of the home. If you ever experience a mold problem again, you can contact a service provider for services.

To find out more information about the mold behind your refrigerator, contact a mold remediation specialist, like one from Safe-Way Waterproofing & Mold Remediation, today.

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