If you're looking for a useful home improvement project in your bathroom, one good idea is to check the condition of the caulking around the edge of your tub. This material can often break down over time. Recaulking around the tub is a simple job that won't take very long to complete, and you can buy the necessary products for this job — a utility knife to remove the old caulking, a caulking gun, and a tube of caulk — at virtually any hardware store. Here are some benefits of recaulking around your tub.
Less Risk Of Water Damage
Caulk is designed to provide a barrier against water and prevent it from seeping in behind the wall and causing damage. If the current caulking around your tub has cracks in it or has lifted off the surface of the tub, water may be able to get through these openings and saturate an area that you can't see. Over time, water damage could potentially cause the wood framing behind the tub to begin to rot, which could lead to a major repair project. Recaulking this area will prevent water damage and the challenges that come with it.
Improved Air Quality
When water is able to get through cracks in your current caulking, it can often cause mold to grow. In some cases, small particles of mold may be visible in the crack of the caulking, but it's also possible that you can't see the mold. You may, however, be able to smell the damp smell of the mold, and this can be a concern because of how it's affecting the air quality in the bathroom — particularly if you have children or a family member with a respiratory issue. Removing the current caulking, thoroughly cleaning the area, and recaulking it will get rid of the mold and improve the air quality.
Worn-out caulking around your tub can be an eyesore that occasionally embarrasses you. For example, when you have guests visit your home, you might feel embarrassed about the look of your tub if the caulking is in poor condition. It's an empowering feeling to tackle this home improvement project on your own and take pride in the appearance of the tub when you have people visit you. Learn more about recaulking your tub online and then visit a local hardware store, such as Valu Home Centers, to buy the tools and supplies that you need for the job.