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Customer Care Connection: How To Caulk Bathroom Sinks and Tubs

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 13, 2013

This week on our Shea Homes Arizona social media, we featured another “Customer Care Connection” video teaching you how to fill in those cracks and crevices that happen in your bathroom sinks and tubs. Leaving these mishaps go unattended can be harmful to you and your family’s health, so we at Shea Homes are here to show you just how quick and easy this task is!

Caulk is a sealant made from either latex or silicone_MG_9532-100 that is used throughout the home to fill in gaps and seal out moisture. When it comes to the bathroom, it is especially important to seal in gaps and repair cracks around the tub and sink, as these are surfaces that face high levels of moisture and varying temperature changes. The best indicators that a sealant is necessary are small cracks between the backsplash and the tub or the sink and the wall behind it. Though the crevices may seem small, using caulk as a strong sealant prevents mold, dry rot, and pest problems.

When choosing a caulk, find one that is silicone based because, unlike latex, it is flexible throughout varying temperatures, does not support mildew growth and is completely waterproof. There are two different types of silicone caulk, one is an acid cure that works on smooth surfaces such as glass or glazed tile, the other is a neutral cure which works on rough surfaces such as wood or metal. Therefore, when purchasing caulk for bathroom surfaces look for one that is a silicone, acid cure.

In order to begin the process, be sure to remove the old caulk with either a utility knife, razor or flathead screwdriver; this creates a clean workspace while also removing built up mold, mildew and soap scum. After the old caulk has been removed, wipe down the surface with a clean cloth to dry. Then, cut the opening of the tube to fit the job at hand. After the opening of the tube is cut to size, pierce the tip of the opening to activate and hold the tube over a receptacle to test. With the tube of caulk securely set within a caulk gun, hold it steadily at a 45 degree angle and, slightly above the surface, create a line of caulk filling in the gap. After the bead (line) is set, use your index finger to smooth out the surface and remove any excess caulk. It is helpful to have a damp rag and a dry paper towel handy to use after smoothing to wipe your hands clean. Finally, allow 24 to 36 hours before using the shower, bath or sink to give the caulk time to cure before exposing it to moisture.

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