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Be prepared to overhaul your bathtub this spring

Wet brown and white cat in a tub

Bathrooms are among the most highly visited areas of the home, and, as a result, they tend to be the site of some of the largest, and potentially costliest, messes on the property. What makes the grime in the bathroom so hard to combatĀ is the fact that many of the most hazardous disasters can accumulate sight-unseen. When moisture builds up in one of these areas, it can eventually turn into mold, which could cause hazardous health defects for even the healthiest members of a household.

John C. Flood has been a leader in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., plumbing for over 100 years, as well as a general contractor with services that include Alexandria and Arlington bath remodeling. Every spring, homeowners should consider overhauling at least some aspect of their home's bathroom as part of their annual cleaning ritual. This includes either installing new appliances, re-tiling the walls or even fitting a whole new tub.

If you have a bathtub that is built into the wall, you'll want to make sure there aren't any areas where the caulking has come loose. One solution for this is re-caulking the grout along the tub entirely, removing all of the older sealant so that any mold or mildew that may have grown in the joint doesn't simply get covered up, but is thoroughly remediated.

Be sure to investigate the cracks where you are replacing the caulking with care, and clean using an ammonia-based solution mixed with warm water. Should you discover during the investigation that mold or mildew may be a larger issue than you originally estimated, there may be a leak in the shower head or other plumbing in the room that requires a professional evaluation. Call John C. Flood as soon as possible if this is the case.