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December 01,2020

How Do You Caulk a Tub?

Has the caulking around your bathtub begun deteriorating? There is no reason to risk water damage, mold growth and expensive renovation costs. Applying new caulk can help you avoid these unpleasant problems and will extend the longevity and dependability of your tub or shower stall. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we offer premium residential and commercial plumbing services for property owners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and surrounding metro area neighborhoods. Are you unsure how to caulk a tub, but you know the task needs to be completed right? Read below for some advice and tips on how to complete the job successfully.

Gathering Your Supplies

The first step is to gather the supplies you will need to complete the task, which includes:

  • Tube of waterproof caulk designed for use with bathtubs
  • Caulking gun
  • Pair of rubber gloves
  • Single edge razor blade scraper
  • Utility knife
  • Painters tape
  • Paper towels
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Trash can

Caulking Tips and Tricks

First, you will need to carefully remove the existing caulk with the blade scraper. Be sure to use protection so you do not cut yourself if the blade slips. Then you will need to clean off any debris leftover, wipe down with alcohol and paper towels, and then throw the waste into the trash can. Next, you will need to put your tube of caulk into the caulking gun. Before you begin applying the caulk, you may want to apply painters tape around the edging for a clean and crisp application. When you are ready to apply, cut off the tip at a 45 degree angle and push the gun through the nozzle to break through the seal. Try to apply the caulk with a slow and continuous pressure until the entire tub has been properly sealed. Then, you can remove the painters tape. Let the caulk dry for at least two days. Be sure to keep everyone in the household away from the area while it dries to ensure success.

Should You Hire a Professional?

Caulking a bathtub can be a time consuming and detail-oriented project. If you have a bad back, health issues or are generally unexperienced with using caulk, then you might want to consider hiring a professional. Mistakes made while applying the caulk could lead to long term water damage and mold growth. Hiring a specialist will ensure that your tub is properly sealed and ready for several more years of use.

Do You Need Help Caulking Your Bathtub, Sink or Plumbing Fixture? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Are you uncomfortable caulking your own tub or plumbing fixture? Are you ready to invest in a tub replacement for your bathroom? Then call the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh today. Our team of certified and insured plumbers have the training and tools needed to perform the task quickly, effectively and affordably. Contact our office for more details about our wide range of commercial and residential plumbing services or to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber in Pittsburgh, Carnegie, White Oak, Sewickley, Oakmont, Munhall, Beaver, Coraopolis, Beaver Falls, Monroeville, Cranberry Township, Bethel Park, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and other nearby communities.

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