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Issue with leaking steam baseboard radiator - Newbie please help!
Hi guys I moved into a new property a couple of months ago and now that the weather has started to get colder we have had to start to use our downstairs steam boiler system. We have a house that has 2 zones, forced air upstairs and steam radiators downstairs. One of the radiators is a baseboard steam radiator and has recently started leaking water through the air vent. The bottom of the air vent has a valve which looks like it has been "tapped into" the pipe and the solder around the vent has broken away which allows the vent stem to move around and steam and water to come out around it onto the floor as well as the hole in the vent itself which is dribbling water.
I just had a plumber out to look at it and he couldn't figure out why there was a run off pipe on both sides of it and not just one pipe where the steam is entering the radiator. Does anyone know why this would be? At the right hand side of the radiator where the vent is located, there is another pipe going through the floor. I have attached some pictures below. What is with the vent stem going into the pipe? Is this a half-assed job done by someone unqualified? I have to shut the feeder valve off until I can get some sort of resolution but I am worried it's going to cost a fortune to resolve. Plumbers are not cheap in NJ.