Solder joints are an integral part of the plumbing system. They provide a strong, reliable connection between two pieces of metal that can withstand heavy pressure and temperature. Solder joints are best for protecting against leaks because they seal pipes together tightly to block any potential leaks or seepage into your home. For these reasons, it is important to know how to solder properly so you can prevent water damage in your home.
Solder joints provide a wide range of benefits, including:
There are a few steps to properly solder joints. First, make sure the surfaces of your two pieces of metal are clean and dry so you can get an effective seal on them using flux paste. Next, use wire brushes or sandpaper to remove any paint or rust that might be interfering with getting a strong connection if there is already existing piping in place before attaching new pipes for soldering.
Then, it’s time to heat up! Set your torch flame about one inch away from each surface where the joint will connect until they both glow red hot (you want about a ¼-inch wide area glowing). Then apply some solder paste onto the junction point between both metals at this same location—the paste should melt right into place when heated by the torch.
Now, hold the solder wire against the joint and use your other hand to apply heat from the torch until both metals liquefy and flow together. Hold it in place for a few seconds so it cools and sets properly (you’ll know it’s done when the flux has turned white). Give the pipe a good wipe with a rag to clean off any excess flux or solder, and you’re finished!
For solder joints to provide the benefits outlined earlier in the article, make sure you work with a reputable and qualified plumber. This will ensure that your plumbing system is installed and maintained properly, protecting your home from leaks and water damage.