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Re-seal boiler or remove?

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Alicia
Alicia Member Posts: 2
I am considering buying a home with the hot water boiler/radiator system. The problem is, it's still running off the original boiler, circa early 1900sand is coated with asbestos-containing insulation. I'm trying to figure out if it is possible/better to re-seal the boiler, rather than risk the exposure of having it removed. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,322
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    Some day it will need to be removed

    40 -5 50 percent of your fuel makes it into the house the rest goes up the chimney. I wouls say make sure it is coated with sealant if you are living there and plan on having it abated and replaced in the warmer weather.
    Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.

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  • Alicia
    Alicia Member Posts: 2
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    Safety

    Is it safe to just have it sealed, and then still use it for the sake of getting into the house and making plans to have it switched possibly in the summer?
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 7,379
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    Seal It for Now

    I agree with Charlie: seal it now and replace it this summer with a mod/con. Asbestos is only a problem when it's disturbed and its dust becomes air borne.



    It looks like you have an old gravity flow system with cast iron radiators. This can easily be converted to forced flow (pumped) and connected to a mod/con boiler. If done correctly, you could easily see your fuel usage cut to 40% of what it is now with a greater level of comfort in your house.



    Choosing a competent installer is the key. You've got plenty of time (if nothing breaks) to do your home work. Check out the article by Dan on gravity systems under the "hot water" section of the "Systems" tab above. Also check the "Find a Contractor" tab.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,322
    edited February 2011
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    This is what I love about the wall

    one of us starts with the answers and others got our backs when we step away from the computer. Thanks Ironman for the follow up answer. It is great to know there are others in the trade that think and do the right thing. Asbestos is ok to leave alone if it is encapsulated . But planning and doing the change on your terms will make the transition easier.
    Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.

    cell # 413-841-6726
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/charles-garrity-plumbing-and-heating
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