heating pipes

Discussion in 'General Plumbing Help' started by Rod Lloyd, Oct 1, 2019.

Help Support Plumbing Forums by donating:

Tags:
  1. Oct 5, 2019 #21

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,819
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    North Reading, Mass.
    Having been an old steam system with black iron piping, that is known to rust internally, it could be more than sludge.
     
  2. Oct 5, 2019 #22

    frodo

    frodo

    frodo

    Just call me Macgyver Professional Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2014
    Messages:
    7,645
    Likes Received:
    2,368
    Location:
    ,
    I know that, Why are you telling me?
     
  3. Oct 5, 2019 #23

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,819
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    North Reading, Mass.
    Sorry...just assumed the way you worded it that it sounded like you were not aware of the mentioned that the "old retired heating guy" had already said the same thing.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  4. Oct 6, 2019 #24

    Rod Lloyd

    Rod Lloyd

    Rod Lloyd

    Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2019
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas USA
    Where do I stand
    First of all I really appreciate all the comments and suggestions. You are all very knowledgeable and sharing and I have learned a lot. Thank You.

    1. I do believe my system was originally steam and converted to a hot water boiler in the distant past.
    2. Talking with past owners, visitors and past service people, I do believe the system worked quite well with the hot water boiler in the past.
    3. I am convinced the system contains a significant amount of sludge which does not come out by mere emptying, flushing and refilling.

    It would be ideal to take out each radiator, flush out outside and reinstalled but being large cast iron weighting 100's of lbs each, this is not feasible.
    I do however want to get as much sludge out as I can but am torn between trying to find a contractor with the equipment to come to my remote part of Kansas and do a thorough power wash with magnets etc, OR use the suggested 'Weil-McLain Sentinel-X400' and should this be done before or after adding the circulating pumps.

    Comments please.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2019 #25

    frodo

    frodo

    frodo

    Just call me Macgyver Professional Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2014
    Messages:
    7,645
    Likes Received:
    2,368
    Location:
    ,
    buy some walmart 2.00 kiddie wadding pools
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Summer-W...14=dollar general plastic wading pool&veh=sem
    unhook the radiator. lift one end up,put the pool under it, then the other end sitting on 2x4;
    [so's ya dont rip the pool]
    flush the radiators. use buckets to remove water from pool to the outside. or buy a small pump
    have on hand, a wet vac and plenty of disposable towels

    for this type of thing I have a special fitting in my tool box
    buy .......... drill a hole in side,on the bottom of 5 gallon bucket, attach the fitting and a hose to the outside
    makes getting rid of water a lot easier
    whc.png whc1.png
    you will also need a short piece of pipe 2'' long and a female adaptor
     
  6. Oct 6, 2019 #26

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,819
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    North Reading, Mass.
    I think The above suggestion is a good idea. If for nothing else it will give you and/or you plumber a chance to see the actual condition of not only the radiator but also the piping, which may look something like this.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
  7. Oct 9, 2019 #27

    Jeff Handy

    Jeff Handy

    Jeff Handy

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2019
    Messages:
    341
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    Chicago suburbs
    Looks exactly like how I imagine my arteries would look in a pic, haha!
     
  8. Oct 9, 2019 #28

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Diehard

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,819
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    North Reading, Mass.
    The difference is you can have a stent put in your arteries. Doesn't work in metal pipes. Maybe PEX,:D
     

Share This Page