Checklist: Moisture Problems in the Kitchen
Cooking and cleaning activities in the kitchen can generate a great deal of moisture.
- Condensation on windows, ceilings and/ or walls.
- Damaged walls under windows.
- Peeling paint loose or damaged flooring.
- Moisture and mould under sinks or kitchen counters.
- Rotting cabinetry under sinks.
- Mould in cupboards and corners of interior surfaces of outside walls.
- Musty odours.
- Excessive moisture in home (there are moisture sources in other areas).
- No kitchen exhaust fan/range hood over stove.
- Recirculating-type kitchen range hood installed.
- Prolonged or continuous simmering and boiling of foods and liquids.
- Combustion moisture from gas ranges.
- Leaks around sinks and fittings.
- Plumbing leaks.
- Garbage or wet items contributing to moisture.
- Mould growing behind refrigerator condensate pan.
- Items in cupboard against outside walls preventing air circulation.
- Temperature too low or fluctuating.
- Leaky dishwasher or dishwasher service pipes.
- Control overall house humidity.
- Install and use a quiet kitchen exhaust fan vented to the outdoors.
- Cover liquids and foods when simmering or boiling.
- Use range hood while operating gas stove.
- Caulk sink and fittings to counter.
- Repair plumbing leaks and leaking appliances.
- Occasionally clean condensate pan under refrigerator.
- Keep items a few inches away from exterior walls.
- Open cupboards occasionally to allow heat in.
- Keep compost or garbage in covered containers under the sink.