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Old 04-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Shower caulking yes or no

Getting ready to get going for a new season. The "dewinterizing" is starting to take place with the rounding up of the essential consumables, ie bearing grease, seals, wax etc. During this shopping excursion a little voice from the dealer tech who prep'd the tt for winter storage came filtering though the foggy memory of a distracted senior to remind me to get something to caulk the shower before venturing out on the first trip this year. So, the question is, "what type of caulking to use?" l suspect a good quality silicone for bathroom show/tub use would work.

To step back and offer an explanation for the request. Last year we had a leak from the shower taps. The cone seals on the taps had hardened and the water on the bathroom/kitchen area floor was the result. After discussing this leak issue with the dealers tech, he recommended that the seam at the shower wall and base pan should also be sealed with a good quality caulking. There is a "lip" that extends up the wall that is part of the base pan that the wall panels rest in and I expected that to be sufficient but the tech said it was best to seal that seam with silicone caulking.

So, what's the feeling here. Has anyone done this sealing exercise? Suggestions please.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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During our PDI our tech said they caulk all vertical seams and the horizontal seam where the enclosure meets the wall on top. This isn't done at the factory he said. They DO NOT seal the bottom where the wall pieces overlap the flange is case any water does get behind the enclosure it will still have a place to drain.

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Old 04-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #3
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My dealer told me not to seal/caulk the joint where the wall panel meets the shower pan. Said the pan extends several inches, could not leak and was left open so moisture between the wall and shower panel could evaporate; otherwise mildew could there. Made sense to me so ours remains as is.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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I thought about caulking as well, but my dealer said don't bother. The lip is high on the tub and any water that happens to get back there can drain freely.
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