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A pipe burst in my old farm home while I was not in the home for a week. It flooded the basement (and kitchen floor). The house is heated with a steam boiler w/radiators in all rooms (but the utility room where the pipe burst lol). It is an old farm house w/dirt basement and the water apparently poured into the basement and ruined the hot water heater and maybe the boiler. The big long things (like 6 of them) that are on the bottom of the boiler got muddy. The plumber initially thought they could be cleaned and would function because the boiler is apparently quite simple and he said the water hadn't gotten to critical parts. Then he changed his mind. I obviously know little but it is gas run and has an automatic feed but when it works I check amount of water in the boiler to make sure the feed is working and I can push a button that adds water if it looks low in the glass hour glass like level viewer. I think it is probably a 1940s boiler in an 1870s farm house. I read in This old House book that you should keep the old boilers at almost any cost because it is hard to get good steam heat with the new ones. Help!The insurance person is coming on Monday and they are unhappy to be paying out a penny and will try to deny a cent. The secretary at the insurance company (national chain) said "If you think we are replacing your furnace you are mistaken".I don't necessarily want them to do so but need heat. A single women...I am up a creek because I don't know enough to protect myself and ensure they are fair. Wish I could hire a man to just sit in the room as an incentive for the insurance adjuster to not cheat me! Any advice would be appreciated!
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