How to Rain Proof Your Kitchen
Drip...Drip...Drip... that annoying sound of damaged plumbing, if put off for long, can lead to a catastrophic damage. It will be like rain pouring down from the heavens, right in your kitchen. Water damage can occur in your house for a variety of reasons, including leaking pipes, humidity, unsanitary conditions, etc. Imagine your kitchen having destroyed cabinets and mold/water everywhere! You most certainly do not want that.
There are numerous ways to protect your kitchen from dripping faucets and moldy cabinets. We have listed 5 techniques for waterproofing your kitchen, ranging from adding more ventilation to making your counter-tops crack-free!
- Keep things spick and span
The first unspoken rule of the kitchen – keep things clean and in order. Daily sanitation and cleaning will help you go a long way in keeping your kitchen well-maintained. It will not only save you the cost in getting things repaired but it will also help you increase the life span of most of the items in the kitchen. When we say clean kitchen, we are not only referring to the counter-tops and the floor but also appliances, utensils, and storage cabinets. Read our blog and learn more about how you can make your non-stick cookware last 3x times longer.
- Ensure your counter-tops are crack-free
Water seeps easily into cracks and if your counter-tops have fractures, it will allow water to leak within. Due to this, water starts accumulating under the counter-tops. When these liquids get dirty, the kitchen may begin to smell. If left unchecked, molds begin to develop. Sand the counter-tops to create an even surface. Apply a thick coat of paint next to hide the cracks. The next step is to apply polyurethane to stop leaks and spills.
- Check for plumbing issues
Looks are deceiving. And this is absolutely true for your kitchen. No matter how many times you clean your kitchen, it will be of no use if your plumbing is old and rusty. People often forget about the plumbing and they are not typically checked upon regularly. It is only when there is a rupture that it comes to everyone’s attention. Therefore, if you don't regularly check on your kitchen pipes, they could slowly leak for up to a month without you being aware of it. Replace damaged faucets and pipes immediately.
- Have enough ventilation
How would you feel if the ‘heart of your house’ makes you feel stuffy? Pretty gross, right? A good ventilated kitchen helps reduce toxic emissions, musty smell, and stuffy air. It also helps decrease the chances of extensive fire. There are various ways to increase the air flow circulation in the kitchen - using range hoods properly, operating fans effectively, keeping windows open, or using an air purifier.
- Watch out for backsplashes
The crackling of the mustard seeds, the sizzling of hot oil, the whistle of the pressure cooker – we can go on mentioning the beautiful sounds that are produced in the kitchen when delectable food is being prepared. All that spilling and jumping liquid need a place to go and they end up on the kitchen wall. Backsplashes are therefore needed in every kitchen. They can help shield your cabinets from damage caused by splashed liquids or popping food materials.
Based on how you maintain your kitchen, it can offer a generous amount of delight or a great deal of hassles. It is critical to act swiftly – no matter whether the leak is minor or massive like a pipe bursting. The chances of these causing long-term damage are enormous.
Are you maintaining your kitchen on a regular basis? Need help? Read our blog about 8 quick and easy kitchen organizing tips that are sure to help you manage your kitchen more effectively.
What steps do you take to waterproof your kitchen or manage your kitchen better? Have you tried any of the above? Let us know all in the comment section below.