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How bad is it to remove a steam riser that has no radiators?
We need to do some structural work as part of a renovation and the critical spot for a steel beam is right where the steam riser is.
This riser comes up out of the basement and runs up through a bathroom closet on 1st floor, inside a wall on the 2nd floor and is exposed in the bathroom on the 3rd floor. So it's heat is only really felt on the 3rd floor.
There are no radiators connected off the riser at all, just one straight pipe up 3 floors. One of the tenants who's been there for 50 years says he never even recalls any radiators being attached to that riser.
So we could just move the whole riser over (which would be tricky since we are not doing work on the 2nd and 3rd floors) or we could just remove the whole thing. FWIW, the bathrooms are never that cold.
This is an unexpected potential cost to move the whole thing so I'd rather just remove it if it won't do any major unbalancing to our one-pipe steam system.
Thank you in advance!