Contractor didn't caulk tub

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Old 08-24-15, 09:50 AM
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Contractor didn't caulk tub

We just bought a house that was a flip. We have been in it just about a week. Today we noticed the "new" bathroom has no caulking around the tub walls. I looked online to make sure it was suppose to and found it should. I have no clue what to do next. We have used the shower a handful of times. Now I am afraid if we caulk it mold will grow. What is a first time homebuyer suppose to do?
 
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Please post a picture of what you have.
We have no idea what style it is.
One piece, three piece, 5 piece, tile, stick on?
 
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I'm a painter not a tub guy but it looks to me like that tub is designed not to need caulking ... at least not where those joints are. Wait and see what some of the others say
 
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There is no need to caulk that style, if you did water will get trapped behind it when it fails.
 
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Caulking Hardware Too

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The home inspector said their is suppose to be caulking around the faucets and other stuff but there doesn't appear to be any. Am I wrong? I just want to make sure this is safe and we don't have a major issue down the line.
 
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While it is common to caulk the countertop to the wall, the rest isn't normally caulked although I have been on a few jobs where the tub spout and/or shower arm were caulked.
 
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I'm not a big fan of caulking hardware.
Most of the new faucets have a rubber gasket below. If not rubber, it would be plastic and installation instructions would be to apply plumbers putty between gasket and mounting surface.

Your hardware looks in great shape. If anything I would recommend you polish it often and occasionally use a cleaner to keep deposits from forming. I've seen even the best of hardware corrode early due to mineral deposits.
 
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Leaking out the side of the tub

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I read your responses so I felt at ease taking a shower. When I got out I noticed a puddle at the front of the tub and it was leaking from the seam. It got the wall a little beyond wet. The water on the floor does not show in the pic but it was significant to be worried. Advice???
 
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I commented on not caulking the hardware. Hold on for some advice on how to keep water from exiting the tub area. This water is bad and will destroy your house. Stop using the shower and place a fan pointing at the floor, a dehumidifier would help also. Hopefully the floor can be saved.
 
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Put a level on the top lip of the tub to see if it's tilted toward the outside. It appears like water is running out of the groove and it shouldn't be.

Not sure why they didn't run the shoe mold straight into the base or caulk and putty that piece of baseboard
 
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Is that laminate flooring?
Never should have been used in a bathroom!
Looks like Ranch style base board would have more closely matched the contour of side wall.
 
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