If truth be told, unless our kitchen or bathroom caulk comes off completely, it doesn’t occur to many of us to replace it—clean it, sure, but replace entirely? Is that really necessary? Is our house going to fall down tomorrow? Let’s learn more.
Caulking your kitchen and bathroom fixtures makes small gaps impervious to water. However, over time, caulk breaks down. Without re-caulking, your bathroom may be susceptible to water damage. Fresh caulk should last for about five years or so, but there are conditions that can reduce its lifespan. For example, using the wrong kind of caulk for the job to begin with, poor or incorrect installation, and house settling can cause caulk to pull away and lose effectiveness.
Do you know when your kitchen or bathroom was last caulked? While caulk can last for years, as time goes on, it breaks down. Once it is no longer able to prevent water intrusion you may end up with anything from mold and mildew to serious water damage. The damage is often hidden beneath tile and you may not even know it’s there until it’s too late.
Does your caulk need a revamp? Look for cracks, shrinking, and discoloration – all signs that it is time to recaulk.
A tube of caulk for your bathroom fixtures costs approximately $10 and a couple hours of time. A bathroom renovation due to water damage, according to Home Advisor, typically costs between $1,100- $4,500.
Your home is likely your most expensive asset. Spending regular time on maintenance can not only save you money in the long run by protecting your asset but make you money as well. When it’s time to sell, well maintained homes always attract more buyers than homes with neglect.