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Prevent Water Damage in the Kitchen - part 2
By Terry Allen
After following the basic steps in part 1 of this article and learning how to prevent water damage in the kitchen's sink, countertops, and dishwasher, read this part to learn how to inspect and maintain the other high-risk areas of your kitchen.
Being hard to reach, the area behind the refrigerator is hardly ever inspected. A periodic inspection will significantly reduce the chance for water-related problems.
Moisture behind the refrigerator is a major warning sign. Do not ignore any sign of moisture or leaks, and fix them immediately or hire an appliance repair technician. If mold is spreading underneath the refrigerator, clean it immediately. Locate the source of any moisture and make repairs.
If your refrigerator has an icemaker, check the hose connection to make sure it is sealed and securely attached to the water supply line. Do not ignore any leaks in the icemaker supply line. Again, consider installing a steel braided hose.
If your model has a drain pan, check the pan frequently and keep it clean to prevent waterborne bacteria and mold.
Since it is not directly related to water, the cooking range area is another overlooked part of the kitchen.
If portable, move the stove and search for water or moisture signs. If your stove is fixed to the wall, remove the bottom drawer and search for water or signs of moisture. In case of moisture or mold, dry and clean the area. Locate the source of the problem and make repairs as needed.
Exhaust fans are important to maintain lower levels of humidity.
To maintain adequate ventilation and smooth air circulation, exhaust fan filters must be cleaned regularly to prevent dust and mold accumulation. Make sure that the exhaust fan is operating well.
Smart Tips for Water Damage Prevention in the Kitchen:
- Clean the area under the refrigerator.
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils.
- Clean the area under the stove.