white residue from faucet install?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by hogu, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. hogu

    hogu New Member

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    I had a new faucet installed, and the guy used a clear sealant around the base plate (plumber's putty?) Faucet works great, however when it gets wet, it gives off a white residue. Do you guys know what that is? Is it bad that this is happening? Is that stuff toxic? Thanks!
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If it is clear, it is NOT plumber's putty. He may have used a clear "tub and tile caulk" which is white when it is applied but turns clear when it dries. If so, water might "reactivate" it and turn it back to white until it dries again. It is NOT toxic.
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