Proper Bathroom Caulking Prevents Expensive Bathroom Repairs
Caulking your bathtub, tile shower or sink may be a hassle. But trust me, it’s much easier and less expensive than spending thousands on mold and water damage repairs. Watch below to see how you can easily caulk your sink, tile, tub or shower to prevent future mold and water damage repairs.
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Failed Bathroom Caulking Causes Mold and Water Damage
Bathroom caulking’s contribution to mold and water damage in your bathroom is usually a result of one of two failures. Understanding these two failures will help you take the appropriate action to avoid an expensive home repair to your bathroom.
First, is the failure of old caulk that needs to be replaced with newer, more advanced products. Maintaining your shower, sink, tub and counter top caulking is a critical home maintenance task, as caulk typically has a lifespan of no more than 10 years.
Silicone Bathroom Caulk
Second, and more common, is the failure to use the correct type of caulk designed specifically for bathrooms. Vinyl and latex-based caulks are often incorrectly used in bathrooms because they are inexpensive and readily available. But they aren’t nearly, flexible, durable or waterproof as silicone based caulk. In almost all instances, you should use a silicone-based bathroom caulk for showers, tubs, sinks and any other fixture in the bathroom.
You Might Need to Caulk Your Bathroom If…
- If your current caulk shows signs of mold or discoloration
- The caulk shows signs of cracking
- Any section of caulk is missing or damaged
- Any part of the bead of caulk no longer adheres to the surface
Taking action quickly of you note any of these signs will prevent water damage from water intrusion behind the gaps and seams in your fixtures.
What Type of Bathroom Caulk Should I Purchase?
There are many great brands of silicone-based bathroom caulk on the market today. I prefer GE products, but many are similar in price and quality. You will want to make sure to use silicone caulk that is water and mold resistant and rated for bathroom use.
Silicone bathroom caulk comes in a variety of colors to choose from, including clear, to match your decor. You can even find “grouted” shower caulks sold at tile supply stores that are designed to match perfectly to an associated tile grout. In either case, use a caulk that is less noticeable and blends well with your bathroom’s surroundings, as it will provide a more professional and pleasing appearance.
A typical tube of silicone-based bathroom caulk costs around five dollars. In addition to caulk, you are will also need a caulk gun which will run you about another five dollars. $10 and a few hours of your time is a small price to pay to save you thousands of dollars in future repairs!
How to Apply New Bathroom Caulk
Learning how to apply bathroom caulk is much easier accomplished by watching a video. So take a few minutes to watch the DIY video we have made for this purpose.
In the video, I will show you how straightforward and simple the process of applying new caulk is. With a little practice, it is a home maintenance task you can do yourself.
- To apply a new bead of caulk, you must first remove the existing caulk. You can use a screwdriver or plastic putty knife; anything that will get in the crack and remove the scraps.
- After you remove the caulk, rub the area with isopropyl alcohol to get a clean workspace. Cleaning the crevice to be caulked with alcohol is essential to obtain a proper bond between the new caulk and the surface.
- Next, tape off the area to avoid getting caulk in places where you don’t want it. In addition, it will give you a sharp bead of caulk like the professionals do.
- Then apply the caulk with the gun starting closest to your body and working away. This will help push the caulk further into the joint.
- After you apply the caulk, use your finger to smooth and compress the caulk and remove the tape before the caulk begins to dry.
- Finally clean up any mess you may have made and allow the caulk to dry. Silicone caulk takes anywhere from 3 to 24 hours to dry, so plan accordingly!
Need Help With Bathroom Shower, Tub, or Sink Caulking?
Replacing caulk is a great way to save money on home repair and is easy for you to do yourself. However, if you have neither the time nor inclination to perform your own bathroom caulking, invite of our master craftsmen to come out and re-caulk your bathroom for you. If you have any questions, give us a call at 513-724-0539, visit us at www.MasterMyList.com and check out our new Facebook page, keyword “ProMaster Craftsmen.”