Plumbers use a wide variety of glues to attach pipes and fittings.
Gel-type glues are used for small, thin tubing or pipework. They are best for gluing plastic tubes, but they also work well on copper piping. This type of glue is available in the form of gel sticks, which are pre-measured tubes containing different volumes of glue. The tube is squeezed onto the fitting to create a bond that will not leak even if it becomes wet. Gel-type glues have low tensile strength, so be careful when houma plumber using them with metal fittings that have high tensile strength requirements.
Waterproofing glues are usually water-based and can be used to waterproof joints or seams in pipe systems where there may be leakage from external sources such as rainwater or leaking toilets. These types of glues have higher tensile strengths than gel-type glues and therefore require less force when squeezing them into place on fittings. Waterproofing glue does not need any additional primers as gel-type adhesives do; it’s ready to go right out of the bottle. You can expect to get between two and four years worth of service from this type of glue before you need to replace it with a new one (depending on usage).
When it comes to plumbing, the answer is yes. However, if you’re trying to make a permanent repair or are dealing with cold temperatures then the glue won’t be able to set because it will not cure at room temperature.
The good news is that hot water has an increased solvency factor when compared to cold water so when you are working in a cold environment you can warm up the water by running hot water through your pipes before starting your repairs.