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Mold In Your Kitchen Drain Pipes

If you’ve noticed a funky smell coming from your kitchen drainpipes, it’s likely due to mold growth.  Drainpipes are a haven for mold.  Drainpipes are wet, warm, and unless you’ve never rinsed off a plate, they’re filled with food.  Unlike some other mold problems, mold in the drain pipes can usually be resolved without the help of a mold mitigation specialist.  Here are some tips on keeping your kitchen drain pipes clean and mold free:

Rinse your drainpipes weekly with a few cups of vinegar.  Vinegar will help kill the mold and bacteria growing inside of your pipes.  It will also help eliminate the odor.

Rinse your drainpipes with hot water and baking soda as needed.  The consistency of hot water and baking soda should be thinner than a paste.  The baking soda will not only absorb the odors, it will also scrub the insides of the pipes clean.

Another trick is to run cold ice water down your drainpipes.  The cold temperatures will kill off a lot of the mold.

There are also many anti-fungal solutions you can buy at your local hardware stores that can be used in drainpipes to kill mold.  If you go this route, check to make sure they are safe for your drainpipe.  Plastic drainpipes are susceptible to damage by certain chemicals or even by using too much hot water.

If all else fails, you can contact a mold remediation specialist to check out the problem.  It may be a bigger issue than just your drainpipes.  Also, contact a mold remediation specialist if mold is growing outside or around you drainpipes.  Mold growth outside a drainpipe means you’ve probably got a leak somewhere.  While a plumber can take care of the replacing a drainpipe, he’s probably not certified in dealing with mold issues and where they originate.

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