We bought our house 2 months ago, and now own a steam heating system, which is not something I've ever operated before. I've read "We Got Steam Heat" and spent some time reading on here to try to learn some things.
The main problem is: The system seems to require water every couple days at most. I fill up the boiler to the line drawn on the sight glass and by the next morning, it's pretty low. By the next night, if the day was cold, I will sometimes come home to a message on the thermostat that it's been asking for heat, but the temp keeps falling. I add more water and then the boiler kicks back on. Obviously, the LWCO (float type) is engaging.
I'll upload pics shortly, but here are the details:
1 pipe steam system
Crown BSI103 Gas Boiler
60' of mains vented by a very rusty looking Gorton #1 (This is clearly not enough venting)
I just added 1" thick insulation, there was none on these in our finished basement
Radiators with seemingly random sized vents on them, relative to radiator size and location. They definitely heat up in their order along the mains.
The radiator in our bathroom usually doesn't heat up, but a couple nights ago, I was up in the wee hours and heard it burbling and hissing. I closed the supply valve, and the water leakage may have reduced, but I'm not sure. Would this be enough to be losing gallons of water per day?
The near boiler piping has issues. There's no Hartford Loop.
What should I look for? How much should the water level fall when the boiler is on?
I've checked and no white smoke from the chimney.
Thanks for any help. I'm in North Jersey.