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Need competent steam service in St. Louis!
So, I'm a DIY kind of homeowner and picked up Dan's book - The Lost Art of Steam Heating. Great read, filled my head with possible sources of problems with my system. But, when standing in my basement, staring at the Burnham and various pipes, I realize, this is probably out of my league. I need someone knowledgable here in St. Louis.
Bought the house summer 2011. Last winter was mild and system worked fine. I called a local heating company to do a checkup before this winter and the problems really took off. He flushed out the boiler - saw him getting sludge out of a couple small fittings and spent 2 hours down there. But then the leaks started. Lots of water coming from one radiator on first floor - appears to be from between 2 coils, rather than any valve.
Lots of noise on warmup. I guess that's watter hammer.
I closed the valve to the leaky radiator and started a nice fountain in the basement from the supply line to that radiator (it's a one-pipe system). The exact source of leak is hard to tell, as it is soaking through all the asbestos insulation. Oh, and it's about 1.5 gallons or more a day.
I noticed gauge reading 10 psi. I turned the pressuretrol down to about 2. Didn't fix the problem. Water seems to be bouncing a bit in the glass.
Looking at the boiler, the piping doesn't look as pretty as Dan's diagrams in the book. One riser. The header appears to be at least 24 inches up from water line.
Anyhoo. I can post photos if it would help. Though I'm thinking I need an expert to come to the rescue. I have some plumbing experience - ran new copper water lines through my old house myself to replace dead galvanized. But this is looking beyond my ability.
So, SOMEONE IN ST. LOUIS PLEASE HELP!