Mildew, Shower Wall Panels

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by tonykdds, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. tonykdds

    tonykdds New Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    I recently removed silicone/caulk due to stubborn mildew around my shower floor. I fear the moisture may have extended deep under shower wall panels. The outer lining of the shower drain is also constantly moist even after 2 days of non-use.

    Should I expect to remove my shower panels and deal with the moisture problem. I'm treating mildew and allowing the area to dry out. I'm not sure how long to wait (it's been 2 days since I've used the shower). There was a lot of moisture and mildew when I scraped off the silicone today.

    If the damage is extensive, can the shower panels be removed to fix the problem, or should I expect a contractor to replace my shower. I'm just curious what I'm in for. I appreciate any help. Thanks for your time!
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Any caulk is subject to mildew due to the nature of the material. Some will resist mildew longer than others. If your only problem is mildew on the caulking, there is no reason to suspect that moisture or mildew has somehow "penetrated" the wall. You have done the correct thing which is to scrape out the old caulk. You probalby should spray something like MoldWash on just to make sure it is killed. Bleach would also work. Now, the most important step is for everything to be thoroughly dry before recaulkin. Place a small fan inside the shower for a day if necessary.
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