Guide to plumber’s putty

Plumber’s putty can be applied to create water-tight seals around drains, faucets & sinks. This flexible material can be used around plumbing seams where necessary, to establish a 100% water-proof sealing. It’s most often used in cases where plumbing fixtures are being changed or newly installed.

Plumbers Putty is a fairly good choice to use in conditions where a watertight seal is essential, and it also offers the option of being 100% reversible. Regular plumbers putty will remain of pliable consistency and can be used by placing a piece of this material around bases of sinks or drains etc. to seal them. Simply clean the excess material off after finishing the job. This way you will stop the leaking of water around the newly made seams.

Plumbers putty can be used by both certified plumbers, or by creative home owners doing do-it-yourself types of home repairs.

What Is Plumber’s Putty Made From?

Several companies make use of unique materials in their plumbers putty. Standard clay is normally a common element identified in most of the plumbers puttys. Additional components can include linseed oil, talc, limestone, or fish oil blends.

All you need to know about using it

Although the putty is easy to mold, it will require you to work it with both of your hands before applying the putty on the plumbing fixture. To do this, softly roll the putty around in your hands. The warmth from both of your hands along with applying soft force on the product will help to (in a quick way) make the plumbers putty soft for making the work with this product an easy job. Read more in this article on how to use plumbers putty.

Make sure that the surfaces to which you prefer to apply the sealant are both free of dust & dirt and are clean and dry right before you start using the putty. Many projects do not require large amounts of putty, so take steps to ensure you use a useful amount for your application. Any excess can simply be wiped away, but be sure you don’t spill too much. Extra putty may be stored in the initial can as opposed to getting rid of it.

Because of the particular naturally smooth nature of the product, there is no waiting time required before using the plumbing item to which you have applied your plumbers putty. It will maintain the same consistency after application, as it does not dry out.

Plumbers Putty is the proven choice for using on sinks, drains, and faucets, while silicone caulk provides a water-tight and reliable air-tight sealant. While both products provide similar positive aspects for water sealing protection, there are certain cases in which one product is a better choice over the other. When your project needs 100% air tightness, or if there is pressurized water involved, you should choose silicone caulk for this type of project. Silicone-based caulk should also be your first choice for use on plastic sinks, because putty might stain these surfaces. Granite or marble surfaces require applying silicone caulk over standard putty because of the staining nature and the fact that putty is not useful on porous areas.


Be sure to use the correct products on the right plumbing projects to ensure complete water sealing protection. It is crucial to ensure your own house has no water leakage, as it can cause great damage that can be very costly to replace or repair.

How Plumber’s Putty Differs From Other Water Sealing Products

Teflon tape, caulk, and plumber’s putty are all very effective products to sealing sinks, drains, etc.. However, plumbers putty provides another purpose than Teflon tape or caulks. Standard putty is to be used around pipe joints without threads, whereas thread-bearing pipes need any type of teflon tape to seal them water tight.

All standard brands of putty are a proper choice for use on all types of sinks, faucets etc., while all types of silicone caulk provide a 100% water-tight and air-tight sealant. While the mentioned items all provide similar benefits for protection against water leakage, there are different cases in which 1 material is just the better choice. When the seal must absolutely be air-tight, or when there is water pressure involved in your project, the better plan should be choosing silicone-based caulk for this type of project. A type of silicone caulk may also be the preferred choice for a appliance on sinks made out of plastic, because of a staining problem with plumbers putty on these surfaces. Marble or granite fixtures require the use of a caulk (silicone-based) over putty because of the staining factor and the fact that putty doesn’t work on porous surfaces.

Safely storing your putty

Putty that hasn’t been used should be stored in the original can in which it was purchased. The container should be firmly closed when not in use, and stored between a tempeture of 35-120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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