Caulk can be used to insulate and waterproof. Insulation can be done around windows and doors to block drafts and increase climate control efficiency. Waterproofing can be done in bathrooms to eliminate leakage under tubes and faucets. When you caulk, though, you must wait for the caulk to cure or dry before you can use the area again. Running water on fresh caulk or opening and closing windows will disturb the caulking job. Getting caulk to cure faster will allow you to use these areas sooner. Caulk cures faster in a dry, aerated environment.
Things You'll Need
- Low-temperature caulk
Buy and use special low-temperature caulk. It will dry faster in cold or damp environments. You'll find this caulk at home improvement, hardware and discount department stores.
Wipe down any water before caulking to keep the area you wish to cure asr dry as possible. Refrain from running water near the area after the caulking is finished.
Open windows and doors near the caulk you wish to cure faster. An aerated room will help the caulk cure faster. If it's too cold or there are no sources of open air nearby, turn the heat up to promote curing.
Set up and use fans and/or dehumidifiers near the caulk you wish to dry. Increasing air flow helps the caulk cure faster.
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