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salisboss Member Posts: 34
So after dealing with another winter of air I finally talked my wife into spending the money this spring to reconfigure the piping on our boiler to 'pump away'. How do I go about finding a contractor to do the work without trying to talk me out of it? Are the contractors in the search down with pumping away. I would do it my self but our domestic hot water also comes from the boiler and I don't want to be without hot water that long if can help it.


    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,094
    Most everyone agrees that pumping away is the correct approach for a new install. But many old systems have pumped towards the expansion tank for years with no issues. It's all about the piping resistance in your system weather pumping toward the expansion tank works.

    I suspect you may have other issues, but maybe not. Just don't wan't you to get your heart set on pumping away and then find it doesn't fix your issues. Pictures and a description of your problem will help.

    Check "find a contractor" on this site. And post where you are located, someone will have a recommendation

  • Dave T_2
    Dave T_2 Member Posts: 63
    @EBEBRATT-Ed is right on - air usually has a cause and the solution may be fairly simple. That being said, I would be inclined to install a SpiroVent air eliminator in the supply as a solution rather than pump away.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,506
    The Spirovent will work much better if you Pump Away.
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  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,372
    You don’t wanna install a Spirovent if you have a compression tank, only with a bladder tank.

    Where are you located?
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • salisboss
    salisboss Member Posts: 34
    Ironman said:
    You don’t wanna install a Spirovent if you have a compression tank, only with a bladder tank.

    Where are you located?
    I have a bladder tank with an air scoop currently which doesn't have the requisite 18" of straight pipe. The air scoop and auto vent do nothing.

    I am in NJ.
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 9,094

    You may get lucky there are some good contractors in NJ like @clammy & @EzzyT
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 2,663
    edited February 15
    You could try my NJ company Toro Plumbing & Mechanical
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, Master Plumber
    in New York
    in New Jersey
    for Consulting Work
    or take his class.
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,135
    @salisboss you can reach me at
    Creative Solutions Plumbing & Heating LLC
    Lic #12683
    Co-Owners: Fred Drescher, Jr & Eliezer "Ezzy" Travis
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,299
    If you do decide to do it yourself, and if you have been having air problems, start by changing the air scoop to a spirovent and change the tank too while you are at it. This change should show a lot of improvement.
  • Dave T_2
    Dave T_2 Member Posts: 63
    Interesting, I did not know you could not use a spirovent without a bladder expansion tank.
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