How Often Should You Recaulk Your Bathroom?

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Depending on your lifestyle preferences, your bathroom may be purely functional and utilitarian, while others prefer to create a relaxing oasis. Regardless of how your bathroom space is used, many components need to be maintained to ensure its continued function and safety. One of the major elements this includes is bathroom caulking.

 

The main questions is: How do you know when it is time to re-caulk?

 

What exactly is caulk?

 

Caulk is a flexible, thick, adhesive type of material that acts as both a sealant and a glue. This is applied across joint that are exposed with the use of a caulking fun. This material cures as it is applied.

 

Caulk is used for a variety of reasons, such as:

 

  • Along faucets and sinks
  • Around the height of the tub where the tile meets
  • Where the tile meets the ceiling
  • All around the bathtub and its joints
  • Along bathtub faucets and shower heads
  • Where the bathtub meets the floor
  • Where the vanity meets the backsplash
  • Along the top of the backsplash where it meets the wall

 

How long does caulk last?

 

As a general rule of thumb, caulk has a life span of about five years. A number of things can affect the actual time of replacement including; the quality of caulk that was applied, the way that it was applied, condition of the surface at the time of the application, any pre-existing mildew or mold, intense humidity levels, as well as cleaning practices.

 

Signs That it is Time to Recaulk

 

Regardless of how carefully you take care of your bathroom or the quality of materials that you use, your caulking will need to be replaced at some time. But how do you know when this time is?

 

Look for these telltale signs:

 

  • It is older than five years.
  • It cracked or dried out
  • Caulk is missing or peeling
  • There is mildew or mold beneath the surface.

 

If you experience any of these signs within the first 12 months, the caulk used may not have designed for bathroom use.

 

Energy Efficiency for Older Homes

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If you live in a home that is consider to be older or even historic, then you are familiar with energy efficiency challengers.

 

If you struggle with keeping your older home energy efficiency, follow these energy saving tips!

 

Get a Home Energy Audit

 

The purpose of a home energy audit it to assess just how much energy your uses and identify areas of improvement. An independent audit is often the best way to go because it is purely informative and the auditor is not focused on selling a product.

 

Start Small

 

After you receive your energy diagnosis, you will know exactly areas you can address to ensure energy savings. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

  • Purchase thick curtains to help insulate your windows
  • Add weather stripping to windows and doors
  • Insulate plumbing and your hot water heater
  • Install shower head that are low-flow
  • Add insulation to your attic and basement

 

Replace Your Windows

 

If you notice your home feeling draughty or just feel like heat and cool air escapes too quickly, it might be time to get your windows replaced. If you can, upgrade to double-paned windows. These feature and insulating pocket of air and can increase your energy efficiency up to 50% than single-paned windows!

 

Energy efficiency may seem like an uphill battle in your older home, but just know that you are not alone! Plenty of people deal with homes that are less than energy efficient on a daily basis. The best thing that you can do is slowly address areas of concerns. Little efforts can often go a long way with energy efficiency!

 

If you want to know areas where your home can improve, don’t wait! Get a professional audit today and start your journey towards energy efficient living.