Helpful Tips When Buying And Using A Plumbing Repair Tape

plumbing repair tapeA plumbing repair tape is among the many useful tools that will save you from various plumbing emergencies at home. Whether you need to put a stop to a leak or join pipes and fixtures together, the plumber’s tape is indeed very useful. But what is it anyway and what’s it made of? Does it belong in the family of duct tapes and scotch tapes? Well, it’s somehow different though because first of all, it’s specially made for plumbing. Second of all, it’s made from a different material.

The plumbing tape is a thin, versatile, white tape that is used as a lubricant for threaded connections. It is not, however, used as an adhesive. With that said, the plumber’s tape doesn’t stick items together. On the other hand, it fills the gaps in jointed pipes and fixtures, sealing air and gas as well as preventing these things from leaking. So if you are performing plumbing repairs on your own, check out these tips!

1. When working on threaded pipes, you should use Teflon tape. Don’t hesitate. If you want to connect two pipes or a pipe and a fixture together — effectively — always use your plumber tape. There’s just one exception though. Don’t use it for PVC pipes because these types of tubing require the use of cement treatment.

2. Teflon or plumber’s tape comes in different sizes. When choosing one for your home, it is best to get the .5-inch width tape. It is so far the favorite among professional tradesmen and is also the most versatile. It’s never too small or too wide for little repairs or lengthy pipes. You also have to understand that buying cheap plumbing tape may save you some cash at first. But since it sacrifices quality, you’ll still be in for some leak trouble sooner or later.

3. When using the tape, don’t ever skimp. The whole purpose of using this tool is to create secure, airtight connections so that you won’t experience air and gas leaks in your plumbing system. Using less tape than what’s actually need — usually 4 to 6 wraps — may result to leakages that will cause you greater inconvenience. So if you want to avoid annoying seepages, use the tape generously.

4. When applying Teflon tape, it is important to remember that turning it clockwise tightens it to the pipe or the male component of your plumbing connection. Turning the tape counterclockwise on the other hand loosens the fixture or the female component. As the saying goes, “lefty loosey, righty tighty.” Remember this and the joint should be good to go.

5. Avoid fraying your plumbing tape. Using a worn out, tattered or crumpled Teflon is not a good practice as it will not effectively coat the pipe threads. In fact, it may even get caught in the female component or fixture.

Just follow these tips about the proper use of a plumbing repair tape and you should be able to successfully accomplish plumbing repairs! Should you need help, just find the most trusted plumbing professionals in the US! We deliver top-notch US plumbing services including plumbing fixture repair, plumbing appliances installation, leak detection, backflow prevention and many more!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015