The caulk isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your bathroom. You might not be aware of it, but this thick and flexible adhesive applied along exposed joints has to be replaced. This is especially true if signs of cracking and warping already manifest on the material. Otherwise, moisture can slip beneath the surface, which can lead to a variety of problems.
Handyman Connection of Orange County explains everything you need to know about applying a new caulk in your bathroom.
Problems Associated With Damaged Caulk
Bathroom caulk should last up to five years. However, it can have a reduced lifespan due to various factors like house settling, wrong use of caulk, or poor installation. If not replaced immediately, expect the following issues to manifest and linger for a long time:
- Smells – Fresh caulk is non-permeable. Over time, it can absorb smells from urine and other sources. Odors may also become obvious as water gets beneath the caulk and eats away at your bathroom interior.
- Bacteria – A slimy, pink-orange substance accumulating on the caulk in your shower is something to watch out for because it indicates that bacteria is present on the surfaces. Replace the caulk as soon as possible before it can impact the health of you and your family.
- Mold – Black spots on your caulk are a sure sign of mold in your bathroom. Before it can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, replace the caulk as soon as possible.
The Type of Caulk to Use for the Bathroom
There are multiple types of caulk available, but not all are suitable for use inside the bathroom. Choose one with high resistance to mold and mildew and is designed for use with your fixtures like ceramic tile or fiberglass shower or tub. If the caulk used previously starts to peel or deteriorate within 12 months of application, it is likely not intended for bathrooms.
Count on Handyman Connection of Orange County for all of your general home maintenance needs. Aside from caulking, we also replace windows and clean gutters. Give us a call at (714) 288-0077 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.