How To Use Plumber Putty To Seal A Drain


Having a loose drain can be an extremely frustrating experience because it results in a great deal of water leaking out of the drain, resulting in water damage and increased water bills. Most new drains will come with a rubber seal that prevents the drain from loosening, but it is very common for older drains to warp and no longer fit perfectly. One of the easiest ways to fix this problem is to use plumber putty. Plumber putty is a special material that has a consistency that is similar to clay, but is sticky enough to close any gaps between the drain and the surface around the drain. It is also able to repel water, preventing leaks. Using plumber putty to seal a drain is a very simple process.

1. Roll the Plumber Putty

The first step in applying the putty is to take some out of the container and roll it into a thin snake. The snake should be between half an inch and three quarters of an inch in diameter and should be long enough to wrap around the entire drain hole, plus an extra half inch just to be safe. Any extra plumber putty can easily be removed and added to the remaining putty for later use.

2. Wrap the Plumber Putty

Next, you can take the rolled putty and wrap it around the drain. The bit of extra can either be wrapped over the end of the snake, or it can simply be removed by pinching it off. The easiest way to pinch off the putty is to use your thumbnail and fingernail as scissors to essentially cut it off.

3. Press the Drain on top of the Putty

Take the drain that you need to affix and press it into the putty. The putty contains enough adhesive to ensure that the drain will not slip out of place.

4. Wipe Away the Excess Putty

When the drain is pressed onto the putty, some will squeeze out on the sides. Take a rag and run it under a faucet. Then, use the wet rag to wipe away the extra putty.

5. Let the Putty Sit for Fifteen Minutes

Before you use your sink, allow the putty to sit for fifteen minutes, or however long the packaging tells you the putty takes to set.

Once the putty has set, you will have a leak-proof, drip-free drain that will last a long time. Talk to experts like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating for more information.


11 February 2015

Home Repair Tips for the Novice

When I bought my first home, I was terribly inexperienced when it came to maintaining it. It seemed as if something was always broken. After spending a weekend battling with my oven, I decided that I enough was enough. I started reading everything I could about things related to the home. By the end of my research, I still could not fix my plumbing, but I could look knowledgeable as the plumber explained what was wrong. In an effort to help others avoid the tedious task of reading book after book about plumbing and appliance repairs, I started this blog. Hopefully, this information will save someone from a weekend spent wrestling with their own appliances.