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Replace wet return with dry, reroute, chop, or condensate pump?
So I have a system with a badly leaking (zero condensate gets back) wet return under a finished basement.
Option 1 is replacing it as piped. It's going to require replacement of all the tile (can't match what's there) then hopefully getting under a tub without having to remove it or damaging it.
Option 2 is, is it possible to turn the end of the mains around, pitch back towards the boiler then drop to the floor in the boiler room about 15' from the boiler? It's 6' below the steam main and a couple feet below the water level at the boiler room floor.
Option 3 is (this is one I'm leaning towards) rerouteing them along a wall in a lower part of the basement (still finished) then telling the carpenter to figure out how to hide them. The only issue here is the line won't be level, it will have a low point. At least the new return will have a way to clean it and get yearly maintenance, something the old one lacked. This will also lower the return line by about a foot. I don't think that will matter though.
Option 4 is a condensate receiver at the end of the mains. Getting power to it and a 3/4" line back to the boiler shouldn't be too big a deal.