Boilers are still effective, but they’re being phased out in some areas. Whether you need a maintenance checkup or a complete boiler removal, you should know a few things, first. The maintenance planning stage takes a while, and removal can be dangerous if it isn’t planned out effectively. Today, a majority of boiler maintenance violations happen when boiler controls, piping areas and components aren’t handled correctly. To handle, perform maintenance on or remove your boiler, take care of the following factors.
1. Inspect Your Steam Pressure
Before removing a boiler, or having it lifted by a professional, perform an internal inspection. An internal inspection should be performed once per 12 months, and it should determine the boiler’s overall steam pressure. The pressure should be set above 15 pounds per square inch, and it shouldn’t change much. If it does, you should consider in-depth boiler removal services.
2. Remove the Plugs and Caps
Get You’ll need to remove any plugs and caps to the boiler’s water column piping. Any low water cutoff device caps should be removed, too. If your boiler hasn’t undergone an inspection in the past 12 months, your inspector will need a clear area to work in. Be careful when removing these items, however, as high temperatures can make them hot to the touch.
3. Turn off the Water Supply
Before removal, turn off your home’s water supply. If it’s left on, your boiler area can become dangerous. You should similarly turn on every hot water faucet in your house. By relieving the house of its hot water, you’ll ensure a safe, easy removal.
4. Get Assistance for Pipe Disconnection
Your boiler’s pipes are “hard-plumbed,” so the connection’s water supply will need to be cut before the boiler is removed. Once you’ve unscrewed the connection, ask for assistance. Boiler pipes are heavy, and they’re difficult to remove single-handedly.
5. Check Any Tubes for Soot
In many firetube boilers, water surrounds the device’s tubes. Hot gasses travel through them, which can create a soot buildup. Regardless of the fuel used—such as oil, coal, wood or gas—these tubes must be cleaned before a boiler is removed. If they aren’t your boiler’s efficiency will be sacrificed when it’s re-installed. Dirty tubes result in fuel inefficiency, which can sacrifice your home’s energy supply while creating a dangerous environment.
Whether you’re cleaning or removing your home’s boiler, don’t be afraid to contact a professional to assist with junk removal, demolition or heavy equipment removal. Boilers are bulky, and you’ll likely need help with any job involving one. Contact Scrapbusters today
, and get the most out of your removal.