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Absolute Newbie - where to start
I just got the book "We got Steam Heat" and from the look of it everything is wrong with our steam system.
Let me back up a little. I am a recent house sitter for a new property to me that is a an old farm house with a steam heat single pipe system. It is a pretty big house, 4500 sq ft. We have fuel oil come about every 3 weeks and fill our tanks. It is quite costly. Up until moving in I have never had steam heat. I will be living here for the next couple years.
On reviewing Dan's book the main issues I see are:
- Not a bit of insulation in our basement on any exposed pipes.
- Pressure on our system is at 6 psi
- System has not been flushed in the 9 months I have been here
- Very uneven heating - main room where thermostat is nice and toasty, far bedrooms stone cold.
- Pipes bang
So, being a newbie what are the things I can address and what should I hire a Pro for? Any advice appreciated. Thanks