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General Question

Has anyone had a boiler drain completely go on them? I just got home from work and went to the basement to get something out of the fridge and my feet were soaked, i start going around the basement and find the boiler drain letting out water and then the auto feeder adding water in a continuous cycle, at first i thought to tighten it but it was already tight. mind you this was full open, not a dripping scenario. Now i have the boiler draining so i can replace the valve. am i the only one who's experienced this? i always thought valves just leaked but not open on their own lol


  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,704
    I had one that was so corroded it looked like it might do that at any time
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  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,666
    Does the stem still turn and move up and down or did the brass corrode right through? I suppose the washer could disintegrate, especially if there was a slow leak or depending on water chemistry the brass could dezincify and crumble.
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,861
    Getting away from Lead has caused issues with brass. 
    Replace with non potable valves that contain lead or Stainless Steel. 
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,540
    or put a hose cap on t
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,739

    or put a hose cap on t

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