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satchmo 06-10-2007 12:26 PM

Bathroom Caulking
My wife spotted some cracks along the tiled interior of our shower stall. We bought the condominium in May.
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She's worried that the cracks may lead to leaks down the road. We have a two-floor condo, and we don't want the upstairs bathroom to leak down to the downstairs unit.

So, do we need to caulk the cracks?

Thanks in advance.

Sammy 06-10-2007 01:11 PM

I would clean out the old caulk and recaulk with a mildew resistant caulk. Keep an eye on it for awhile and see if water puddles there after the shower is used.

Did you get a home inspection? Some of those gaps look a little big and should have been picked up by the home inspector.

satchmo 06-10-2007 04:13 PM


We did have a home inspection, and the inspector did not mention that in the report.

He came highly recommended by many online customers, and he did a pretty thorough job (we were with him during the entire inspection).

Is caulking enough?

Sammy 06-10-2007 04:23 PM

The cracks dont look big enough for backing. I would clean out the old caulk, maybe spray it with a water/bleach mix, let it dry well, then recaulk.

satchmo 06-10-2007 11:48 PM

What's the best way to clean out the old caulk?

Is white caulk better than translucent caulk?

Sammy 06-11-2007 07:21 PM

Putty knife or a screwdriver should work o.k. to get the old caulk out.

I would go with a white versus a clear caulk. Main thing is use a caulk for baths that is mildew resistant.

satchmo 06-13-2007 12:58 PM

Thanks a bunch! :yes:

Sammy 06-13-2007 06:43 PM

Good Luck!

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