Any homeowner’s worst nightmare is mold. The damage, staining, and smell caused by out of control mold growth can make anyone go mad. Mold can negatively affect your home, your health, and your wallet if it gets out of hand. Caulking is a very important part in making sure those small cracks and seams don’t become a moldy situation.
What is Caulking, and What Does it Do?
Caulking is a process for filling up cracks, seams, and other open spaces in buildings and boats, so as to keep out water. It also keeps out the weather, insects, and other problems in buildings. Sometimes caulking is used as a fire retardant.
Although caulking may seem easy, it can be rather difficult without the right tools and knowledge. Below are the top 5 mistakes homeowners make when trying to caulk themselves.
Choosing the right Caulk
Whether completing minor or major repairs, the choice should always be 100 percent silicone caulk. Silicone is permanently waterproof, flexible, and shrink/crack proof so it can provide long lasting results. Acrylic caulk can shrink and crack over time, leaving gaps for air and water to sneak through.
Sealing all Leaks
Homeowners always remember to seal leaks around their windows, doors, electrical wiring, and plumbing but tend to forget about attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Most of the time, these unattended areas can cause more damage than windows and doors.
The Caulk Gun
Some people leave the hardware store thinking that they will be able to just squeeze the caulk right out of the bottle without any problems. However, that is not the case. Caulk bottles are not designed to be able to just be squeezed–it needs a gun.
Removing Old Caulk
One common mistake homeowners make is caulking over old caulk. When you strip off the old caulk, you can help eliminate any mold or mildew that may have formed. Always make sure the surface is clean, dry, and free of soap, grease, dirt, and dust before caulking.
Too Much Caulk
It is very easy to go a little overboard when caulking surfaces. If the space you’re sealing is too big, it’s not a matter of adding more caulk. A backer rod is needed which is an extruded foam rod that is generally placed in deep joints to fill in some of the space before the caulk is applied.
If you have any questions about caulking, let the professionals do the work. At New Creations Handyman Repair, no job is too big or too small for our experts. Call our office today at 763-302-9129.