Caulking is done across American to help with improving energy efficiency when it comes to cooling and heating your home. This can help with saving lots of money especially when many leaks are found. Here are some tips when caulking that you may need to consider to improve the installation of caulk in your application.
Silicone VS Acrylic Caulk When Caulking
Selecting the right caulking agent is important when looking to seal holes and leaks in your home. The most beneficial sealant that should be used when caulking up holes is 100% silicone. The reason for this is that silicone is designed as a permanent waterproof material and features flexible properties. Unlike acrylic caulk which can crack and shrink over time, silicone caulk can provide a tight plug and seal which will set in place perfectly for long term use.
Find All Leaks.
Although this may seem common sense, but it is important to find all the leaks within your home and not just the ones around plumbing, electrical wiring, windows and doors. When finding leaks, make sure to also check the crawl spaces, basement, and attics. Leaks in areas such as these can cause larger problems than that of windows and doors.
If this is your first time using silicone caulk then you may be unaware of the use of a caulk gun. Caulk guns are specially designed to hold and dispense the cartridge for your jobs. Caulk cartridges can’t be squeezed, they are not designed to work this way. If you are in need of a squeezable caulk package then ask your hardware store for options.
Clean Area Before Applying Caulk.
Another thing that you will need to consider is cleaning the area before applying the caulk to ensure that the caulk will stick properly. If there is old caulk it is important to remove it before applying new caulk. To remove the old caulk you can use a razor blade. When the old caulk is removed it may strip off mildew or mold that may have formed helping to clean the area. With the use of rubbing alcohol, house-hold cleaner, or a wire brush, the area will need to be cleaned to ensure it will be ready for the new silicone caulk.
Allow Drying Time
When applying the caulk to your application always make sure that you allow for at least 24 to 48 hours of drying time before it can be exposed to water. Check the package and instructions for your caulk for more information on the drying time of your specific caulk.