Q. We have a fridge that is tightly wedged between a countertop and a room dividing wall. There is about a half-inch space next to the wall and zero clearance against the waist-high countertop.
Mold is growing on the wall. We’ve pulled the fridge out a couple of times and cleaned, but it is an ongoing problem and is destroying the paint and wallboard. Can we put some kind of mold-proof surface on the wall to prevent further problems? Or should we buy a smaller fridge and slide it into the space?
That wall doesn’t have enough room for air to circulate; it needs to be at least 1 1/2 inches.
You have to rebuild that wall and treat it with a mold-resistant paint.
Because it is indoors on each side, you can make that wall thinner, maybe. Its studs are 2 x 4’s so you can take it down and install 2 x 2 studs with plasterboard on one side and Formica Brand Laminated Plastic, which is mold resistant, on the other. That way the air space will be at least 2 inches, and you can pull the fridge 1/2 inch away from the countertop. Paint with Zinsser’s Perma-White mildew proof paint.
Q. Is it normal to see lint coming out of the dryer vent on my roof? I see lint build-up on the ground and the roof.
It’s normal – and dangerous – when the vent is full of lint. Clean it out now and then every other month.