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Old 05-30-2012, 08:27 AM   #1
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Do the cracks of acrylic shower/tub need to be caulked/sealed?


I live in an apartment and it has an acrylic 4 piece shower/tub unit. The places where the pieces join are not caulked or sealed and there are thin gaps that look really dirty and moldy, even with cleaning, and recently there has been little flies, larvae, and brown things coming out of those gaps. The maintenance superintendent insists that the gaps are meant to be unsealed to let "water drain out". Is he BSing me for some reason?
Here are pictures (sorry about the picture quality):

http://s1077.photobucket.com/albums/.../Shower%20Tub/ Oh and he basically said there was a tiny metal thing that was broken and was causing water to leak into the walls and he replaced it? He wasn't specific and he told me to put CLR in a spray bottle and spray it into the gaps and then I have nothing to worry about...I think he must be kidding.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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I posted pictures.
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If you have stuff (living) coming out of those seams....that is not good.....

They should be sealed.....if water gets behind there it is only going to damage the framing....can let no telling what have a water source to live....
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I thought those kits were essentially overlapped panels that precluded caulking?
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I thought those kits were essentially overlapped panels that precluded caulking?
Yep, some do. I have one myself- a different model then what's pictured though. No bugs either my guess is something behind the panel

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So are they supposed to be sealed or not?..
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So are they supposed to be sealed or not?..
Who manufactured the unit? They are the ones who decide whether to caulk or not. My vote would be no based on your pics unless you've a bunch of splashers or use a hand held directing water at the seams.
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I would caulk them, its probably not so much the water from the shower forcing its way in there.

A large part of the water on the walls of a shower come from the condensation caused by the temperature differences in the water and the walls.

If you were the neatest shower taker ever, the walls would still get very wet from the steam and resulting condensation.
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If you have insects coming out, I would caulk them.
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I live in an apartment ...snip... The maintenance superintendent insists that the gaps are meant to be unsealed to let "water drain out".
Per the two statements above, I think you will be taking a big risk if you caulk the gaps. You could be held libel for any damage caused by moisture whether you actually caused the damage or not. There could already be moisture damage now, that you could be held accountable for later.

Ask the superintendent if he (or you) could hire a professional exterminator to spray something that would permanently (or for a long time) stop living things from living behind the gaps. Or get his permission to caulk the gap yourself. Get permissions in writing.

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