True Story! I know you all enjoy a true story every now and then and this one was a little amusing. Plumbing problems in particular can strike fear into people because they just never know how bad the problem really is and how much it is going to cost to repair it. People tend to expect the worst and dread having the problem dealt with.
This particular couple was having a quite Saturday at home when the husband noticed water pouring down some pipes in his basement work room, but he wasn’t sure exactly where the water was coming from. His wife was cleaning their children’s bathroom and every time she sprayed water on the tile it rained down into the work room. This couple was terrified they had a major problem on their hands and young children are notorious for soaking bathrooms so they really had no idea how long they had even had a problem.
They were so relieved to find out that there were no major plumbing problems. No walls had to be removed, no pipes taken apart, and no tile broken. Their problem was very simple – all the caulk around the bathroom fixtures had worn off and there was nothing stopping the water from seeping through the fixtures.
This was a simple case of maintenance needed! Everyone will need to re-caulk around their tub/showers, sinks, and fixtures at some point. And while it is not a difficult job, it is an important one because it protects you against colonies of mildew growing in wet spots and prevents your wallboard from becoming mushy. Do a good job and your caulking should last you 5 to 10 years, do a poor job of it and you will be doing it again in about 1 year.
There are many good do-it-yourself sites that can help you with each step to take when it is time to re-caulk your bathroom. Just make sure you remove all of the old caulk before you get started. If you are having plumbing problems, big or small, give Carmine’s a call today at 203-791-8089. We are happy to be of service to you no matter what the problem is.