4 Uses for Plumber’s Putty

plumber’s puttyPlumber’s putty is like the Play-Doh you played with as a kid. It’s also a wonder item for DIYers. Indeed, the putty can temporarily fix a lot of problems. The keyword here is “temporary.” We’ll outline where and how you can fix common plumbing issues using plumber’s putty.

What Is Plumber’s Putty?

Plumber’s putty is a clay-like substance that plumbers and homeowners use as a quick-fix for sealing a leaky pipe. The putty is made mostly from clay with additional additives, such as fish oil, limestone, talc, and linseed oil. While the substance is non-toxic, please do not give it to a child as a toy.

Plumber’s Putty Common Uses

1. Pipes

Have a leaky pipe? Use the putty for a watertight seal. This isn’t a foolproof solution, however, as the putty may be ineffective against high-pressure leaks.

2. Sinks

Use putty to create a seal around the edges of a sink for a watertight barrier. Be careful, however, not to apply putty too close to countertops. Some putties contain additives that may lead to staining.

3. Drains

When repairing a sink or shower drain, use putty at the bottom of the drain to create a seal and prevent leaks.

4. Toilets

Leaks may occur where the base of the toilet meets the tile floor. Be careful, though, not to apply the putty around the entire perimeter. This traps the water, which rots the floor.

Call a Plumber for a Permanent Fix

Remember, plumber’s putty is only intended for short-term fixes. Putty just temporarily patches up an opening while you await plumbing or heating repairs. Our special offers include a free diagnosis, so call Plumbing & Heating Specialist to determine the source of a leak. While we love plumber’s putty as much as you do, it is not a universal fix-it solution.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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