What is Plumbers putty?
Plumber’s putty is a ductile, clay like substance that forms a waterproof seal by fill out all the leakage areas so that water does not leak again due to the grip of the plumbers putty. After this set up, it is not viewable from outside, in fact it can be erased easily if required. The plumbers putty does not harden over time like other sealants but remain soft and can be replaced easily, if needed. Plumbers putty is oily because of the presence of linseed oil in it. This oil is also known as flax oil as it is extracted from the dried seeds of flax plant.
Time taken by plumbers putty to dry:
It does not dry, in fact it will “dry out”. If a person wants to know that how long does plumbers putty take to dry then he has to wait for many years, because oil inside the plumbers putty does not allow it to dry. But you not need to wait, because fitting can be used in two to three hours, after its application. This property makes it different and special from other sealants. If you applied it at the base if a tap or something else, then you have to wait for at least two hours. No one is absolutely sure about that how long does plumbers putty take to dry, so you have to keep an eye on it, if you feel that it is still wet, then wait for some more hours. It should remain malleable, it should not dry out completely, so if you find it hard you should cover it with flax oil for some days to refresh it for proper functioning or you may also replace it.
Advantages of Plumbers putty:
There are so many advantages of plumbers putty, some of which are as following:
- It created a lot of convenience for people as it saves their time and does not stick to hands.
- It neither get harden nor cracked, rather it remains elastic and flexible. So very easier to apply on leakage areas.
- After applying it, you can get rid of leakage tension for ten to twelve years and after that you can easily replace it.
- It is cheap so any person( having less means of income) can purchase it easily.
- It is now used all over the world for preventing leakages.
- It can be used as a permanent solution due to its unique properties.
Proper way to use plumbers putty:
Whenever you are going to apply it, make sure that it is soft and elastic, if you find it hard means it has dried up then get the new one. Also clean the surface properly, on which you are going to apply this putty. After using it, you must tighten the lid, to maintain its softness. There are many brands of putty, specific for some surfaces, so you should read the label carefully to make sure that on which surfaces we can apply it. It can not be applied to marble surfaces or granite. You should use stain free putty in order to maintain cleanliness because plumber’s putty can leave a greasy stain which may be difficult to clean. It can not be applied on plastic pipes. You cannot paint over plumbers putty. There are some myths about how long does plumbers putty take to dry. Some people says that it get dry in few minutes, some claims many other timings, but there is no clear statement about that how long does plumbers putty take to dry, so, you just be aware of those myths.