Re-Caulk your bathroom

The indoor bathroom is a special feature that we are fortunate to have in our homes.  What, at one time, our ancestors had to do outdoors, and in many cases in public, we now have the luxury of doing in the privacy of our own home.  If you are interested in learning more about the history of the bathroom, here is a good read.

Modern bathrooms are used for many reasons, such as bathing, dressing, brushing teeth, shaving and relaxing.  We spend a significant amount of time in this room throughout our lifetime.  In fact, men spend an average of 855.8 days of their life in the bathroom, while women account for an average of 770.8 days of their life.  This makes the bathroom one of the most frequented rooms in the home.

Prevent costly repairs

Due to the unique nature of a bathroom and its uses, it’s important to properly maintain and protect the walls and surfaces, to prevent mold growth and water damage.   

When our homes where built, the tub, sinks and showers were sealed with caulk, around the edges that meet up against the walls.  This was done to prevent moisture and water from penetrating gaps and openings.  But overtime, the caulk can crack, discolor and shrink, allowing moisture to make its way into those gaps.  This moisture can lead to compromising the integrity of the wall, harboring mold growth and becoming a serious health concern.  In order to prevent this situation, it is important to recognize the problem and re-caulk these areas.  This simple process begins by thoroughly removing the old caulk and applying new caulk. 

Do-it-yourselfers can find the tools needed at your local hardware store and in a few easy steps, can preserve the protection of your bathroom and prevent costly repairs in the future.  Here is a link, from our friends at DIY Network, on the easy steps to re-caulking your bathroom.

Now that you have completed this simple project, you can relax in your tub, worry free, and enjoy some you-time, knowing that your walls are safe from moisture and mold. 

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