There Is Water Under My Boiler!

There Is Water Under My Boiler!

What Does That Probably Mean? A leaking boiler can immediately throw homeowners into a state of panic. But there’s not always the need to be thrown into such a state. First, you need to understand why your boiler system is leaking. Hot water boilers and steam boilers are both susceptible to leaks. A steam boiler is only filled about halfway with water. If there were more than that, it would be difficult to produce steam. And if a steam boiler is leaking, it is usually not a good sign. There is no pressure within a steam boiler as it contains only water inside. What should I be looking for? The first step in remedying this situation is to look for some obvious causes. That includes checking the sight glass and drain valves. Something more serious would be a faulty return line, which could have a hole, crack or actually become rusted through. Leaks in a return line are not uncommon. All of those problems can be fixed by replacing parts. When it comes to a leaking cast iron boiler, look for cracks. If you find one, it is not a good sign as cracks are not easily repaired. A cracked boiler generally means that it is time for boiler replacement instead of repair. Replacement is not necessarily the only option, at least for now. However, there are repair solutions. A product called ‘Hercules Boiler Liquid Stop Leak’ is sold at Lowe’s and other similar type of repair stores. This will provide a temporary fix to your cracked boiler and will work in both steam and hot water boiler systems....