The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house with so much utility and functionality. This is expected given that the kitchen is the primary room in the house where one can get food. As such, the traffic in and out of the kitchen is immense, especially if you have young kids or the ever-hungry teenagers. Other than the food, water is the other item that is a must-have in the kitchen. Almost every activity in the kitchen will utilize water, from cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, washing utensils and washing hands. Therefore, water is a common utility in the kitchen and half the time you walk into the kitchen, you are likely to find the sink draining with water. The water might be rinsing the utensils, or it would be your child doing a thorough clean up with soap and water, on their hands, as they prepare to eat.
While water is indispensable and primary in sustaining the kitchen activities, it is detrimental if it leaks and gets to unwelcome places like the kitchen cabinets. However, this happens more often than you would wish, and water gets into the cabinets, which are best kept dry. Excess water may leak from the sink, the dishwasher, broken refrigerator water lines, and freezing water pipes. Overflowing sinks and condensation from cooking also contribute to wet cabinets. To prevent water damage to your cabinets, you should fix and close all water leakage points that you can spot in your kitchen.
Ways to prevent water damage and dry water-damaged cabinets.
1. Laminating Your Cabinets
Luckily, there exists hardware for cabinets that you can use to prevent water damage to your kitchen cabinetry. For instance, if you have cabinets made of plywood, you can choose to laminate them. By doing so, you prevent water-based wood stains from forming on your cabinetry. These stains are common when your kitchen furniture is exposed to water leakages for long without a permanent fix. They distort the aesthetics of the cabinetry.
2. Utilizing Drying Technology
Drying your kitchen cabinets using air movers and dehumidifiers is also a quick fix solution for your wet cabinets. When you wash dishes and hurriedly put them in the cabinet without drying them completely, the water on the plates ends up on the cabinets. This is the type of wetness that you can dry using dehumidifiers and air movers. If the leakage is coming from elsewhere, say leaking water pipes, you will have to fix the water system to prevent water damage on your kitchen cabinets.
3. Empty Your Cabinets and Clean Them Up
We tend to stock many items in our kitchen cabinets, and some may be containing water while some may accumulate moisture after long storage. This may contribute to wet cabinets, and long exposure may damage the cabinets significantly. Please take out the utensils in a kitchen cabinet and dry them up before storing them back. In the process, you might notice mold has formed in the corners of the cabinet due to excess moisture. Cleaning out the mold is one of the ways of preventing future and further damage to the cabinet.
4. Replace the Badly Damaged Cabinets
You might have noticed the water damaged cabinets way too late, and drying the cabinets may not work. Depending on the materials the cabinets are made from, and the duration of water exposure, you may have to replace the cabinets with new ones. Solid wood cabinets that are of a more superior quality may survive water damage, but particle board cabinets will mostly need complete replacement. Installing new cabinets may be the better fix if your kitchen cabinetry is to water damaged to repair, or the repairs would cost almost as much as purchasing new ones.
When well maintained and kept off from water kitchen cabinets can last for up to five decades without the need for replacement. Water is largely responsible for most of the kitchen cabinets damage, and sealing water leakages in your kitchen will prevent water damage
. This way, your kitchen cabinetry will last for longer.