Tips For Working With Teflon Plumber's Tape

Posted on: 28 November 2016

If you need to make a plumbing repair but do not have any experience in doing so, then it is important that you understand how to properly use Teflon plumber's tape. Teflon plumber's tape is used to seal joints where you have joined two pieces of metal or PVC pipe together, and its purpose is to keep the joined area from leaking water. While plumber's tape is simple to use, it does have a few quirks that require you use the right techniques when working with it. To this end, here are some time-tested tips to ensure that you get the best seals from your Teflon plumber's taped pipe joints:

Tip: Always Wrap Teflon Plumber's Tape in a Clockwise Direction

Since you will be screwing your pipe connections together in a clockwise direction, this is the direction you must wrap the plumber's tape over the pipe's threads. If you wrap a pipe with plumber's tape in a counterclockwise direction, then it will lift and bunch up inside of the pipe's joint when you connect the pipes together. This bunching will cause the junction to leak water.

Tip: Use Multiple Layers of Teflon Plumber's Tape to Ensure a Leak-Proof Pipe Joint

When you wrap the threads of your pipes with plumber's tape, make sure that you apply at least a few layers. The more layers of tape you apply to the pipe's threads, then the better seal you will get between the two pipes. While you do not need an excessive amount of layers, plumbers tape should be wrapped multiple times around the threads rather than just one or two. You can find the exact number of layers recommended for the Teflon tape that you are using by checking the instructions on the packaging. Plumber's tape varies in thickness by its manufacturer, so this is the best way to ensure that you achieve maximum coverage.

Tip: Apply Teflon Plumber's Tape with Some Tension

Finally, it is important that you apply some tension to the Teflon plumber's tape as you wrap it around your pipe threads. The easiest way to do so is to hold your thumb over the end of the tape as you gently turn the pipe to wrap it. Tug a bit on the plumber's tape so that it has tension without distorting or overly stretching the tape. This will help to keep the Teflon plumber's tape from bunching up as you screw together the pipe sections.

For more tips or professional help, contact a company like Blount's Speedy Rooter.

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