Punxsutawney Phil 2012 and Bath Tile Maintenance

WHAT?

Hmmm, SIX MORE weeks of winter, or is this going to be the FIRST six weeks of winter????

As you know our weather has been very mild this winter season. However the historical facts for our weather in February are:

18 degrees    Average Low Temperature
49 degrees   Average High Temperature
8 days           Snowfall
21.41”            Snow

So what does that mean for you and your home? Well, to start with, don’t put away the shovel.  I would suggest since the weather is going to keep us inside a bit longer, let’s do the next home maintenance project.  Today we are going to work on caulking. Specifically, let’s look at caulking bathroom showers and bathtubs. What? You say you haven’t done this before? No problem. Not only are we writing a step-by-step procedure, we have also taped a short video showing what to look for and how to repair it. Caulking is not a particularly difficult job but it does take time to prepare the area for repair.

Here is a picture of what to look for to determine if the area needs to be re-caulked.  In this bathroom the caulk is white. Do you see the crack in the caulk at the bottom of the tile where it meets up with the bathtub? If you have used the bathtub or shower in the last 3 days, I would suggest that you use another bathroom while this area completely dries out so that you can do the repair. If you don’t have another bathroom to use, direct a fan at the area that needs to be dried. Let the fan run for about 8 hours then you can go to work. If you do the repair at night, the caulk will set while you sleep, and then you can use the shower or bath in the morning.

  1. Check all bathroom showers and bath tubs for loose, cracked, missing caulk
  2. Dry the area completely before beginning to work on it.
    1. Avoid using the shower or tub for 3 days prior to replacing caulk
    2. If you cannot suspend usage of the area for 3 days:
      1. Use area in the a.m.
      2. Direct a fan (oscillating would be most beneficial) towards the area you want to dry. Let it blow on the area for 6-8 hours.
      3. At the end of the day, turn off the fan, and replace the caulk
      4. Direct the fan at the newly caulked area. Leave fan on all night
      5. Check the caulk in the a.m. If it is dry, go ahead and use the shower
  3. Go to the hardware store. Tell them what you are doing and what color the caulk is in your shower or tub, (most caulk is white or off-white). They will match the color and sell you the correct caulk for the bathroom application.
  4. Chip out all of the caulk at the base of the shower or bathtub.
  5. Clean out small debris. Use cloth, small broom or vacuum to clean work area
  6. Snip off the top of the caulk tube.  Don’t make the hole too big. You want to squeeze out a small thin line of caulk.
  7. Begin squeezing the tube at one end of the tub or shower base and move toward the opposite corner to create a line going all the way to the corner.
  8. Using a wet finger, run your finger along the bead of caulk to smooth it out and seal the edges
  9. Continue on until the area is filled in with caulk. Only do a strip at a time so you can smooth it out before it begins to set.
  10. Be sure to read the manufacture directions on how long to let the caulk set before using the shower or tub.  Don’t run water in the area until the caulk is completely dry.
  11. Take a picture. Post it on your face book page so all your friends know how amazing you are! While you are at it, will you please post it on our face book page? Horizon Mechanical and we can brag about your great work!
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