|Bathtub Seal Replacement |
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A Homemaker's Quick Guide to Replace a Bathtub Seal
As homeowners, you have to be efficient and effective in doing the usual cooking, washing, and maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of your household. At times, you also have to do some occasional household repairs as well, like replacing a bathtub seal. An ordinary seal used in bathtubs has a lifespan of ten years or more depending on its type. Some claim that their caulking could last up to 40 years. In practice, since the bathtub is one of the most used items in your house, the seal does not last that long and thus, should be checked every once in a while.
A bathtub seal is always exposed to moisture. For this, it can get mushy, moldy, and brittle. When this happens, it can no longer serve as a good barrier against water. In addition, if the seal of your bathtub is left unchecked, water can drip down on the walls, which can cause flooding, and rotting of the drainage pipes. If you are not aware on how to replace a bathtub seal, do not fret. With the proper tools and an instruction manual, you can change your adhesive in less than an hour. Here are the things that you will need: rags, screwdriver, lubricant, razor blade or knife, and caulk. It is important that you select a good quality caulk. Caulk works in two ways: as a sealant and as a strong adhesive. A high-grade caulk should keep the water from entering your walls and protect your home from possible water leakage. You may want to use a bathroom-type, mildew-resistant caulk. This type of caulk is long lasting and easy to clean. It also works best for a ceramic tub. For fiberglass tubs, silicone caulk is a good option. It is relatively soft and can be smoothed easily. However, silicone caulk is difficult to remove on your hands. Are you ready to learn the process? Follow these simple steps carefully:
1. Gather the tools that you will need. Clean the area with the rag and make sure that everything is dry.
2. Remove the old caulk using your knife or razor blade. The seal should be removed to allow the new silicon to easily bond in place. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the tub. Position your razor at a low angle to avoid scratching the tub. If you are having a hard time cleaning the area, use alcohol to clean it thoroughly. You can also use your favorite cleaner and a scrub. If you notice that your area has mildew, spray it with a concentrated mildew killer. Alcohol alone will not kill the mildew. If you are not in a hurry, you have the option to wait overnight before continuing the process.
3. Before you apply the caulk, you may opt to use a moderately wide painter's tape or a masking tape as a guide when you apply the caulk. This technique is also used by professional to ensure a mess-free caulk application.
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