Why Is Caulking Your Bathtub Important

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 12:50PM

The first point to make about caulking is why you should do and how often.  You may not know this but the average life caulk is approximately 15 years.  Many times you'll notice cracking, peeling or splitting n some areas around the bathtube.  It could be that your house is settling or is due aging and common wear and tear.

Cracks in Caulk May Cause Bigger Problems - Heath Related Problems from Mold and Mildew

The main reason to recaulk is for your health. Splits or cracks in caulk can cause water to leak down between the bathtub and the wall. This will seep into the drywall and framing studs and settle. The result will be mold and mildew. There is well documented evidence that exposure to mold can cause coughing, sneezing, and upper respiratory infections and several other illnesses. Another reason is what this is doing to the wall behind the bathtub.

As the water leaks down the wall it will destroy the drywall and, if left unchecked, could start rotting the framing studs in your wall. Also, in some  manufactured homes, it could rot the floor. This could result in a very costly repair. This type of repair could cost upwards of $600.00 to $800.00 dollars. And if you’re selling your home recaulking your bathtub could, ever so slightly, improve the look of your bathroom.  This type of repair is an easy fix and can be done by almost anyone. The total cost of the repair, even if you should have to buy the tools needed, should only run about $15.00 dollars.

Selling Your Home and Your Bathroom

The condition of your bathroom is very important when attempting to sell a home. This room can either be a deal maker or breaker depending on the condition of the bathroom. Cracked caulking could possibly alarm potential buyers when viewing homes in Daytona Beach.  Home buyers considering making an offer on your home may be concerned over mold and mildew or may possibly have allergies to both.  Recaulking a tub or sink is not that expensive compared to losing a homebuyer.  Look for the next article in how to caulk a bathtub.  If you are in the market to sell a home contact Arthur Middleton and Susan Weir today! 

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