I'm a fairly new homeowner, and had a new steam boiler replaced that was put in 2007. I found some paperwork in the house, and it seemed the previous boiler went via the same way: "rotten section". I took a look at my water pH with some pool test strips and it shows ~6.2.
I have read this very informative article
and noted this:
"When testing makeup water, the following are a good rule of thumb:
Chlorides should be less than 30 mg/L (ppm)
Hardness (as CaCo3) should be less than 100 mg/L (ppm)
pH should be between 8.0 and 10.0
Make-up water that doesn’t fit these standards must not be used in a steam boiler, and requires treatment prior to use."
My questions are what specific
products do you use to test for Chlorides, pH and hardness? The pool test strips I have only work in the range for pool purposes so the hardness range is not covered. The pH resolution is not great and only goes up to 8.4. Also, I am not sure if the "free chlorine" and "total chlorine" that is mentioned on the strips are the same as the "chlorides" mentioned in the article.
Also, when I do end up adjusting pH, will more chemicals need to be added to maintain that pH because of make-up water being added, or do the chemicals remain in solution in the liquid water and not travel with the steam?