You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Lifestyle

Handyman on Call

Why the mold next to the refrigerator?

Q. We have a fridge that is tightly wedged between a countertop and a room dividing wall. There is about a ½-inch space next to the wall, and zero clearance against the waist-high countertop. There is plenty of room in the back .

Mold is growing on the wall that is ½-inch away from the fridge. We’ve pulled it out a couple of times and cleaned, but it is an ongoing problem and is destroying the paint and wallboard. Can we clean the wall again and put some kind of mold-proof surface on it to prevent further problems? Or should we buy a smaller fridge and slide it into the space, with a newly repaired wall?

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week