When dealing with cabinetry, it’s important to remember that as an organic material, wood is a prime spot for developing mold and microbial growth if it becomes damp and moist in the dark hidden areas that are seemingly in abundance in a cabinet. Under the toe kicks, behind the back of the cabinet against the walls, between cabinets or near water sources and dishwashers, the list goes on. These are all spots where mold growth tends to be found but are not the only ones.
But, why so much focus on cabinets and drying them out properly? Why is this so important? One of the reasons is that cabinets, like so many other furnishings in your home, can be very expensive to replace. When confronted with the decision to allow mold to damage cabinetry beyond repair, many people would probably choose the option to save their cabinetry with just a little bit of drying technology.
One way in which IRS deals with water damage under cabinets is by using a system called InjectiDry, wherein your toe kicks are removed, and a number of small holes are drilled in order to pass the hoses for the drying system which allow an internal drying process to occur. These access holes are then covered by the toe kick after the job is completed. While other drying techniques are available, we find using InjectiDry for this particular application is among the best options due to the rapid speed at which it dries cabinets completely, leaving no possibility for the growth and spread of mold.
If left unchecked, cabinets can be fertile breeding grounds for microbial growth. Considering the cost of replacing cabinets, it makes sense that any company that cares would try to do anything they can to help save you, the homeowner, the headache, hassle and cost of replacing cabinets when it is entirely possible to dry out your cabinets in place for a fraction of the cost.
If you decide to work with a company that does not offer any options other than replacements, it might be worth a moment to ask yourself who benefits the most from this transaction. In many cases, you may find that the company works with a supplier that offers them a cut of the sale as a kickback, or, they might even make replacement cabinets in-house and charge you or your insurance the full amount for cabinets made of material not comparable to the originals.
Be safe and informed out there, and if you ever need a company that you can trust to be honest with you about your home, IRS is always here to help you 24 hours a day.