November Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
Applying silicone caulk to a bathtub.

Applying silicone caulk to a bathtub.

To-Do #7: Check and Repair Bathtub Caulk

Last, but not least, head into the bathroom to give a little attention to the caulk around the bathtub. When the caulk gets cracked or falls out, water can get behind the tub and cause water damage to your home’s framing, as well as mold growth.

Inspect the caulk around your tub. If it’s worn or cracked (or stained and unsightly), it’s time to replace it, here’s how.

How To Replace Bathtub Caulk

  1. Use a putty knife or chisel to scrape out and remove the existing caulk, being careful not to scratch your bathtub.
  2. Use diluted bleach in a spray bottle to kill any mold or mildew growing in or around the tub joint.
  3. Dry the crack completely with a hair dryer.
  4. Apply a bead of 100% silicone caulk to the joint between the tub and surround. Be sure not to overdo it, a narrow bead of caulk looks better than a wide one!
  5. Smooth out the caulk by misting caulk with denatured alcohol, or dipping your finger in mineral spirits, and running your finger along the caulk bead. For best results, smooth the entire bead with one stroke. Be sure to put on disposable gloves first!

For more information, check out our video on How To Caulk Around a Tub.

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  • Andrea Says:
    November 3rd, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    This is actually a really good list! Very helpful, thank you. I always have done an old school trick I learned from my mother, which is put half a lemon in the garbage disposal and turn it on. It makes it smell great the whole day:).



  • Peggy Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve used this for unclogging the disposal when necessary, but never thought of refreshing or cleaning it with this method. Thanks



  • Papa Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Awesome list Danny. I’m going to get started on it today!


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hi Robert,
    Thanks for the kind words!



  • Robert W. Huffman Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Been a homeowner in the same home for 43 years now & and your advice is very helpful. Thank you.



  • Terry Auman Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Many years of satisfied service. Thank you all.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Pat,
    I can top that, we had a squirrel that gnawed on the aluminum threshold on our front door!



  • Pat Landry Says:
    November 1st, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Have you ever seen a squirrel eat wood framing on a home? I have one eating the decorative trim around my front door near the entrance. I filled in the hole he chewed last year but he’s returned again this year to eat the same area again. We’ve tried pepper sprays and preparations put on the wood. Help! Why is he eating the wood?


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Teresa,
    Glad to hear it!



  • Teresa Says:
    January 31st, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Great show, I watch it every Saturday morning!!!



  • Sara in Abilene Says:
    December 1st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Love your show and website!!

    Please see what you can do about fixing the website, so that when you select a video, it doesn’t take you back to the first set of videos to select.

    Keep up the great work. I’ve actually taken care of somethings around the house on my own.

    Thanks,
    Sara in Abilene


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