This weekend, my fun and relaxing Saturday was derailed by the discovery that water was leaking into our basement. The source of the deluge? A section of missing caulk between the tiled wall and the bathtub. So, it was off to the hardware store for me, where I stocked up on the supplies needed for my DIY home repair. In case you didn't know, caulk is a flexible sealing compound used around tile work, joints, and household items such as sinks, toilets, and tubs. Unless a proper layer of caulk is applied, there's a good chance that water will leak through the floor or the wall, causing potentially expensive damage to your home. The good news is that this repair is something nearly anyone can do. It just requires a bit of patience. You can find directions on how to caulk on a number of websites, including WikiHow. Here are a few other tips I picked up along the way.
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- Be diligent about getting rid of the scum. Most tubs will have a layer of grime, soap scum, and mold along the edges of