Why fixing the caulk in the tub/shower is important!
Is there black or some other color in the corners of your shower that don’t match the grout color? This looks disgusting and unattractive.
This condition is the result of a break down in the caulking used to seal the corners and the wall surface to the tub or shower. It is imperative to fix this as water can get behind the wall tile and destroy the drywall or sub-strait with dry rot. Even more critical, mold and mildew will grow and cause an extremely unhealthy environment. They get into the air and cause many people to have increased problems with allergies and other respiratory issues.
Water and moisture are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If left unchecked, serious structural problems will occur. Water breaks down the framing members that hold the drywall that hold the tile. It can also start to discolor vinyl, and other floor coverings.
Water and moisture will also cause floor tiles to separate from the backers that they are placed on. The thin-set or mastics used to keep tile in place are all water soluble. Therefore when moisture comes in contact with these “glues” they re-activate causing them to “let go” of the tile, thus loosening them.
In some cases moisture will go under underlayment and tile backers and cause a break down in the structural framing members. If left unchecked an extensive remodel will have to be performed at greater expense.
These are just some of the reasons why we believe that the caulking should be maintained in good condition in bath rooms.
To get more information on how to “fix” your caulking issues, read “Caulking Fix Methods”. Also watch the video showing an actual caulking fix.