Resealing the Shower | Plumber Fort Worth
While there are several areas that can potentially leak in a bathroom, many of which are best left to an experienced plumber in Fort Worth, in this blog we will discuss resealing the shower. A leaking shower can cause mold and costly damage to your home. When you have a leaking shower and prefer the services of a plumber in Fort Worth vs. a DIY job, call a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing professional.
A shower with cracked or loose sealant can leak, resulting in severe damage to your home and its foundation. Potential signs that your shower needs resealing are as follows:
- Mold and/or mildew on the shower wall.
- Damp floors or standing water may be present. Linoleum and wood may be discolored, while tile may crack. Damaged floors may feel spongy when you place weight on them.
- Damp walls and discoloration may be present.
- Humidity may be increased in the bathroom.
- Moisture loving termites may be present in the bathroom.
- Sealant is often seen peeling away.
- A musty odor may be present.
Replacing floors, walls, damaged joists and the potential for damage to your homes foundation can be very costly. Resealing the shower will prevent it from leaking. If you are unable to locate the leak, your best option will be to remove all of the old caulking and completely reseal the shower. Alternately, you can schedule repair by a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth who will locate the leak and provide the needed repair.
To remove old caulk, use a razor knife, or a tool made especially for removing caulk. It can be a time consuming and tedious task to remove caulk from bathroom fixtures. One of the best makeshift tools for removing old caulk is the razor tool used for cleaning smooth ceramic top stoves. The plastic case keeps fingers from being cut and enables a more uniform removal of old caulk. Use caution when utilizing sharp instruments to avoid cutting yourself or the shower.
To begin removing the caulk, run the blade parallel to the wall to break the seal between the caulk and the shower wall. Then run the blade against the other surface to loosen the caulk. Repeat until the caulking is removed. There will still be residual caulk that will need to be removed with a flat blade or denatured alcohol.
Apply caulk using a caulking gun or a squeezable tube. If you have never caulked before, snip off a small portion of the tip, then squeeze a line to see if it is adequate. Practice a few lines, until you feel confident with your ability to provide a smooth line of caulk.
Start in a corner and apply a thin line around the entire shower. Ensure that the caulk completely covers the seam. Use a caulking tool to smooth it and press it tightly to ensure adherence to both surfaces, or use a wet fingertip. Clean up excess caulk with a damp sponge and allow caulk to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before using the shower.
After resealing the shower if leakage remains a problem, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth. Our professional plumbers will locate and repair the source of your leak. When you need a plumber in Fort Worth, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will provide you with the professional services you need from the plumbers you can trust. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is the nation’s first plumber to provide the 100% Satisfaction guarantee. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.