In the Twin Cities, we are blessed to have such charming old homes fill our neighborhoods. Not only do they provide us with a sense of aesthetic beauty, they really define our area. But with older homes often comes heating and plumbing problems that can be a headache for homeowners.
Is your older Twin Cities home not getting warm enough to meet your needs? There might be a leak in your steam boiler. But don’t worry, we’re going to help you determine if there is in fact a leak, and how to locate it.
First, you’ll want to set the thermostat at a high temperature so that the boiler kicks on. Leave it at that temperature for a while to make sure it doesn’t turn off. Then inspect the floor and the area surrounding the boiler. If there is a leak, you should be able to notice water.
However, a leaky steam boiler may not be that easy to spot. Be sure to check all of the connected pipes and the main vent of the system. The joints where pipes are connected are common sources of leaks.
Still nothing? Then it might be your radiator that’s leaking and not the boiler itself. Look for signs of water on the floors near your radiators and at the connection where the pipe meets the radiator.
If you’re still having trouble, you should call in a plumber - that’s where we come in! We’ll be glad to help find the cause of the leak and put an end to the problem right away. Just Uptown a call at (612) 324-1004 to schedule an appointment.