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HOME REPAIRS

TIPS FOR CAULKING AROUND THE HOUSE

03/20/2023

HOME REPAIRS

TIPS FOR CAULKING AROUND THE HOUSE

03/20/2023

Caulk is often an overlooked aspect of your home comfort. This humble sealant helps fill gaps in your home to protect you from seeping air, moisture, and uninvited critters. Today, let’s uncover what caulk is and how to apply caulking around the house successfully.

What is a Caulk?

caulking around the house

Caulk is a tube of waterproof sealant made of silicone, acrylic, or silicone. They’re commonly used to fill in cracks and gaps along windows, walls, tiles, and doors. Handymen often use a caulking gun to apply evenly on the gaps along the baseboards and trim. Once the caulk is applied, it creates a tight seal to ensure there are no seeping air, water, or unwelcome pests that enter your home.

What Happens if You Don’t Use Caulk?

caulking around the house

When the caulk is not applied or applied properly, you’ll often discover:

You can prevent these above problems by properly maintaining the caulking in your home. Not only will you be more comfortable but it’ll also be far more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing.

Where is Caulking Applied?

You’ll often find caulk applied:

  • Around windows and door frames
  • Bathroom: Around your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and windows.
  • Kitchen:  Around your sinks, backsplash, countertops, and windows.
  • Exterior of home: Around pipes, vents, siding, bricks, masonry, and electrical boxes.
caulking application

You may find this article useful to get an idea of what kind of caulk you need to get your desired outcome.

Tips for Caulking Around the House

Now that we have the foundational information out of the way, let’s get into the tips for caulking in and around your house:

 

Some items that may make your life easier:

  • Spray bottle
  • Painters tape
  • Acetone (just in case)
painters tape for caulking
High Mark One Call technician

Shoutout to Andrew who gave us the pro tips!

There are numerous tips and hacks online to apply caulk yourself. Not everyone has the time, energy, or patience to accomplish these tasks. We’re here to make your life easier and get the job done quickly.

If you’re looking to get some home renovations done, you may also be interested in our limited-time, exclusive offer:

Q & A

How long does it take caulking to dry?

Drying time varies depending on the type of caulk you’ve purchased. Read the instructions on your tube to find out. Something to note: Drying time also varies on the indoor humidity and temperature as well.

importance of caulking around the house blog post by High Mark One Call

Generally, caulk fully cures and hardens in 24 hours. Again, consult the instructions on your tube as it may be different depending on the ingredients.

 

If you’re looking to paint on the same day, we highly suggest that you allow the caulk to cure completely. This way you’ll prevent uneven surfaces and smearing fresh caulk.

How do you get caulk off your hands

This is something many amateur home repair enthusiasts ask. If you used our method of spraying water after freshly applying caulk, you shouldn’t have this issue. But if you skipped this step, getting caulk off your hands can be a frustrating situation.

spray bottle for caulking

Pure acetone or vinegar has been known to break up and weaken caulk. Rub your hands together and wash them off.

 

Again, we recommend that you use the spray bottle method to avoid getting caulk on your hands. If silicone, acrylic, latex, and polyurethane are left on your hands for a long span of time, it’s been known to cause a number of issues – nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, and other complications. The most common irritation has been when the caulk dries on your hands, it can tear, crack, and dry out your skin.

Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your caulking maintenance and installation at 604-253-7377.
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your caulking maintenance and installation at 604-253-7377.
Wrap It Up

To sum it up, do your research before you begin your caulking process in your home. You’ll want to make sure you are purchasing the appropriate caulk for the specific locations. And finally, try out the spray bottle method to prevent the caulk to stick to your hands!

importance of caulking around the house blog post by High Mark One Call

We hope this blog post was informative for you!

 

We’d love to hear from you:
Do you apply the caulk in your home yourself?

 

Let us know when you try out the spray bottle method! 

Share your tips and tricks over on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you on our social media!

Caulk is often an overlooked aspect of your home comfort. This humble sealant helps fill gaps in your home to protect you from seeping air, moisture, and uninvited critters. Today, let’s uncover what caulk is and how to apply caulking around the house successfully.

What is a Caulk?

caulking around the house

Caulk is a tube of waterproof sealant made of silicone, acrylic, or silicone. They’re commonly used to fill in cracks and gaps along windows, walls, tiles, and doors. Handymen often use a caulking gun to apply evenly on the gaps along the baseboards and trim. Once the caulk is applied, it creates a tight seal to ensure there are no seeping air, water, or unwelcome pests that enter your home.

What Happens if You Don’t Use Caulk?

caulking around the house

When the caulk is not applied or applied properly, you’ll often discover:

You can prevent these above problems by properly maintaining the caulking in your home. Not only will you be more comfortable but it’ll also be far more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing.

Where is Caulking Applied?

You’ll often find caulk applied:

  • Around windows and door frames
  • Bathroom: Around your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and windows.
  • Kitchen:  Around your sinks, backsplash, countertops, and windows.
  • Exterior of home: Around pipes, vents, siding, bricks, masonry, and electrical boxes.
caulking application

You may find this article useful to get an idea of what kind of caulk you need to get your desired outcome.

Tips for Caulking Around the House

Now that we have the foundational information out of the way, let’s get into the tips for caulking in and around your house:

 

Some items that may make your life easier:

  • Spray bottle
  • Painters tape
  • Acetone (just in case)
painters tape for caulking
High Mark One Call technician

Shoutout to Andrew who gave us the pro tips!

There are numerous tips and hacks online to apply caulk yourself. Not everyone has the time, energy, or patience to accomplish these tasks. We’re here to make your life easier and get the job done quickly.

If you’re looking to get some home renovations done, you may also be interested in our limited-time, exclusive offer:

Q & A

How long does it take caulking to dry?

Drying time varies depending on the type of caulk you’ve purchased. Read the instructions on your tube to find out. Something to note: Drying time also varies on the indoor humidity and temperature as well.

importance of caulking around the house blog post by High Mark One Call

Generally, caulk fully cures and hardens in 24 hours. Again, consult the instructions on your tube as it may be different depending on the ingredients.

 

If you’re looking to paint on the same day, we highly suggest that you allow the caulk to cure completely. This way you’ll prevent uneven surfaces and smearing fresh caulk.

How do you get caulk off your hands

This is something many amateur home repair enthusiasts ask. If you used our method of spraying water after freshly applying caulk, you shouldn’t have this issue. But if you skipped this step, getting caulk off your hands can be a frustrating situation.

spray bottle for caulking

Pure acetone or vinegar has been known to break up and weaken caulk. Rub your hands together and wash them off.

 

Again, we recommend that you use the spray bottle method to avoid getting caulk on your hands. If silicone, acrylic, latex, and polyurethane are left on your hands for a long span of time, it’s been known to cause a number of issues – nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, and other complications. The most common irritation has been when the caulk dries on your hands, it can tear, crack, and dry out your skin.

Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your caulking maintenance and installation at 604-253-7377.
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your caulking maintenance and installation at 604-253-7377.
Wrap It Up

To sum it up, do your research before you begin your caulking process in your home. You’ll want to make sure you are purchasing the appropriate caulk for the specific locations. And finally, try out the spray bottle method to prevent the caulk to stick to your hands!

importance of caulking around the house blog post by High Mark One Call

We hope this blog post was informative for you!

 

We’d love to hear from you:
Do you apply the caulk in your home yourself?

 

Let us know when you try out the spray bottle method! 

Share your tips and tricks over on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you on our social media!

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