Teflon tape, also known as thread seal tape or plumber’s tape, is a type of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape that is commonly used in plumbing to seal pipe threads. The tape is applied to the threads of a pipe or fitting before it is screwed together, creating a seal that prevents leaks.
The tape is used to seal the threads of pipes and fittings to prevent leaks. The tape is wrapped around the threads of the pipe or fitting in a clockwise direction, and then the pipe or fitting is screwed into place. The tape creates a barrier between the threads, which helps to prevent leaks.
Teflon tape is also used to lubricate the threads, making it easier to screw the pipes and fittings together. The tape also helps to create a better seal by filling in any gaps or imperfections on the threads.
It is also commonly used in gas line fitting as it is safe to use with natural gas and propane.
It is important to note that Teflon tape is not suitable to use on all types of threads, and some fittings have a pipe dope or other sealant recommended to use.
Additionally, the tape is not suitable for high-pressure applications and not meant to be used as a permanent sealant, but rather a temporary one. It is always recommended to check with the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with a licensed plumber for the best practices for your specific application.