If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.
All year you give little thought to the central heating and boiler system you have in the basement, but then the temperatures dip and you're forced to once again reach out to this piece of equipment to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, after a long season of no use, it is common for dated boiler systems to have some issues. There are many situations that you can tackle on your own when it comes to a boiler system, but sometimes, you may have to have some professional help. Take a look at some of the most common boiler system fails and the likely causes you should get familiar with as a homeowner.
Your boiler is not holding the right level of pressure.
Pressurized steam and heat are a huge part of how a boiler unit functions because this is what enables the system to push heated water or steam through the lines to the radiator. If you have no pressure, you basically have no heat. Unfortunately, this is a common issue among outdated boiler units that are notorious for pressure problems because of leaks in the system. Check for pressure leaks, look at the pressure release valve to make sure it is functional, and make repairs as needed.
Your boiler's pilot light will not stay lit even though it appears clean.
When you cannot keep your pilot light lit, it means the boiler cannot get the necessary fuel source it needs to keep going. Your first step of action if this happens will typically be to clean the area around the pilot light because this is where the problem usually lies. However, if this doesn't seem to help, there is a good chance that the pilot itself needs to be replaced. If the feeder lines leading to the pilot are in disrepair, it can also prevent the pilot light from burning as it should.
Your boiler system's radiators are not heating up in an even fashion.
Your turn on the boiler system and wait for the welcoming heat, but you barely get a little warmth coming from the radiator. Upon further inspection, you discover that only the bottom of the radiator is hot and the rest is cold. If you find yourself in this situation, there is a fairly good chance that sludge buildup in the water or steam delivery lines, or even in the radiator itself, is preventing the heat from distributing as it should. It is not recommended that you take apart the radiators and lines yourself, so reaching out to a plumber, such as Assured Plumbing & Heating, for help will be the best route to take.Share
26 July 2017