Proper Caulking of Showers and Tubs
A small leak from a bathtub or
To avoid such a mess and inconvenience, routine inspection and some preventive maintenance are needed. Homeowners should look for the following early warning signs:
¨ Look for cracks or homes in the caulking at the top of the tub or
¨ Look for mildew and mold on the walls, especially at the intersections of vertical and horizontal surfaces and at caulked joints. The mold and mildew may be a sign of water getting behind the surface.
¨ If the bathroom is able an unfinished space, such as a basement, look at the floor structure from below for any water stains. If there are old stains and you know there are no leaks, look for changes in the stain.
If any of these problems are found, re-caulking of joints may be required. The most important thing to remember when caulking a shower or tub is to have a continuous, watertight seal along the top edge of
¨ First scrape out the old, dried-out caulk using an awl or narrow-bladed screwdriver.
¨ Use a sponge or cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol and clean the surface to remove all soap scum and greasy grime.
¨ Let the cleaned surface dry a few minutes.
¨ Cut the tip off the nozzle of a tube a tub-and-tile caulk.
¨ By squeezing the tube apply a thick line of tub-and-tile caulk along the joint.
¨ Smooth the line with a wet finger or a caulk finisher hand tool.
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