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What To Do About Water Damage Under The Kitchen Sink

water damage restoration long beach islandFor many of us here in Long Beach Island, the space under the kitchen sink become a catch-all. From dish rags to cleaning supplies, you can store all sorts of things in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. One thing you do not want to find under the kitchen sink is water. A catastrophe could result from water leaking under your sink, leaving you in need of water damage restoration. Due to how frequently kitchen sinks are used, this is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in homes. Overflowing, leaks or moisture condensation might collect in the cabinet under your sink, resulting in mold development, damage to your cabinet, and water damage restoration services. 

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If you catch the water damage soon enough, you may be able to follow these steps to restore the space under your sink:

  • Remove everything that is kept under your kitchen sink before beginning any water damage restoration work. All cleaning supplies, clutter, rags, towels, waste bags, anything, and everything needs pulled out and dried off or washed. 
  • Dry out the water. You can wipe up any water spots and pools of standing water, making sure to get all the visible water. Once all the water has been wiped away, set up a small fan with the setting on high to increase the airflow under the cabinet and help dry out any water that may have been absorbed into the cabinet floor, walls, or doors. Do not skip this step! Even though there may not appear to be any water left after wiping up and drying under the cabinet, there will be moisture trapped in the building material that needs adequate time to evaporate and dry out. 
  • Thoroughly clean the walls, floor, and inside of the doors of the cabinet. Not only will this help to remove water stains or spots, but it will also discourage any microbial growth from the water damage. Use cleaning agents that will also disinfect, but not damage the surfaces you are wiping down. If you do not want to use any chemical cleaners, try using baking soda with a water/vinegar solution to create a foaming solution that cleans and helps eliminate odors at the same time. 
  • Check for mold. Mold thrives in dark, damp areas, so when water is introduced under your kitchen sink it creates the perfect environment for mold to develop. Mold is a health risk and can be extremely harmful. To ensure that the mold is ruled out and removed if present, you should hire a water damage restoration specialist who can safely recognize and remediate mold. 
  • Make sure the problem that caused the water damage in the first place is fully resolved. All the work performing water damage restoration under your kitchen sink will be in vain if the problem is just going to happen again. If you are not sure what caused the water damage in the first place, be sure to call a water damage restoration specialist to help evaluate the situation and make sure the problem is resolved. 

If your water damage from the kitchen sink is severe or if you have followed all the above instructions but are still dissatisfied with the outcome, call the water damage restoration experts at Stretch Cleaning and Restoration.