3 Most Commonly Used Plumbing Products

by Grace Motley

If you are doing a plumbing job yourself, you might be wondering what products are the best to use and what you should avoid using. Here are three of the best products for plumbing and their uses.

1. Thread Paste

Thread paste, or pipe dope, is one of the most used products for plumbers. You use this paste by sealing the tiny void on items. For instance, if you are putting in a pipe, you put this paste all around the site at which it will be sealed, and it will protect the pipe from leaking.

This paste comes in many different varieties. Some of them can be used on plastic while others can only be used on metal. It is important that before you use the paste that you are sure that it can be used on the material that you are using.

If you are continually doing plumbing jobs, this is the paste that you should be familiar with. It will be one of the best things you can use to seal an area and protect the area from flooding and water erosion.

2. Polytetraflouroethylen Tape (PTFE Tape)

Another very commonly used product is PTFE tape. This tape is used to seal connections just like thread paste is. The uses for each are a little different, but in most cases you can use either paste or tape to seal an area.

If you want to be extra careful to make sure that connections are sealed, you can use both tape and paste. This is a great way to make sure that you are properly sealing the area so that nothing can ruin the connection.

3. Plumber's Putty

Plumber's putty has many uses, but you should never use it in place of PTFE tape or thread paste. This is because plumber's putty cannot properly seal connections and if you use it, you are asking for a leak.

Instead, you should be using putty on fixtures that need to be sealed down. It could be used on a faucet, showers and bathtubs. It should be noted that this putty is incredibly hard to remove and messy to use. This is why you should use paste or tape if possible. Only use plumber's putty if absolutely necessary.

If you ever have any question about what product you should use, you should ask an experienced plumber. They will be able to help you to properly seal any pipe or area. You can also ask plumbers for help with things like well pump installation