caulk escutcheons resized 600Caulking the shower means removing the old caulking and applying a new bead of caulking. This can also apply to the fixtures penetrating through the wall. Most of the time, the penetrations (the shower handles, shower arm, and tub spout diverter-if it is a tub/shower combination) have escutcheons around them.

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The escutcheons should sit tight to the wall, but in many cases they don’t. This can leave room for water to enter the wall cavity. If this happens repeatedly, then you can have problems with water damage. As long as you are caulking the shower anyway, it’s probably a good idea to caulk around the perimeter of the escutcheons.

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It’s your choice what color to use (either the color of the wall surface or clear), but make sure the caulking is for wet areas, like silicone. Make sure the shower is dry before you start and stays dry after you are done. A good rule of thumb is to not use the shower the day before and the day after you caulk it. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations…some say let it dry for 24 hours and others for 48 hours.  The key to a good caulking job is preparation and then application.

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