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Old 02-20-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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Mold problem?

I noticed that there was some discoloration and puffiness in the drywall next to the tub in our master bath. I peeled off a little bit of the drywall to see if there was anything going on underneath and I think I've found some mold. The caulking that goes around the tub where it meets the "fake" (plastic tub/tile kit) tile is all molded too.

I took some pictures...

Can you please tell me if I have a problem here and if so, how bad? What steps do I need to take to resolve the problem?


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Old 02-20-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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Well, not a major problem but a problem that will continue to get worse unless you do something about it. There wasn't enough caulk put between the tub and the wall, so water collected there (proabably went through and down) and has channelled along the tub to the wall.

You'll have to scrape it all out, treat it with bleach, let it dry then recaulk it with 100% silicone caulk. The scrape/sand the wall, spray on some bleach (10% solution) till all mould signs are gone, reprime then repaint .

If you use a shower curtain, make sure it stays inside the tub right around the bend til it meets the taps and spout. But the caulking should prevent any more water from leaving the tub.


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Old 02-20-2010, 12:52 PM   #3
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id, Welcome to the Forum.
Thanks for posting the pics.

Post #2 has good advice
Also an old toothbrush is good for helping to clean out that bottom crevice
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