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Cleaning a New Steam Main

Are there any special ways to clean all new steam piping in a basement? I had to run all new steam mains and runouts, and cleaned the boiler with TSP like I always do, I'm wondering if I should overfill the boiler to the with the TSP solution and fill the mains?

Thanks, Bob Gagnon


  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 10,961
    That can be done

    if the new piping is dirty enough. You'll want to set the system up for a no-return flush as described in chapter 16 of Lost Art.
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  • Hap_HazzardHap_Hazzard Member Posts: 1,349
    Cleaning Pipes

    When I was building my new header I cleaned the insides of the new pipes with these GOJO cleaning wipes I got to keep my hands and tools clean. They have a grease-cutting cleaner and a textured surface for scrubbing. I think Blue Monster has a similar product. Old rags and turpentine would probably work just as well, if not better.
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