Easy Boiler Fix Turns Into A Leaking Ceiling
I think I've got the Clark Griswold curse. You know trying to do the simple things and they turn into disasters? What started as replacing two simple parts, turned into a new bathroom remodel.
I had some friends over that are handy with boiler heat to help me nurse along my old boiler for a couple more years. It just needed a couple of parts, and that took no time at all. With boiler heat, you need to bleed out any air in the copper lines once you are finished. I went to do that, and that's when the problems happened.
When I vented the bleeder screw, a little bit of water rushed out. I quickly put the screw back on and the water damage was very minimal. For some reason, one of the breakers tripped on the circuit box. After a few minutes, I went to investigate why we would have tripped a breaker out of no where.
Then I saw it, water leaking down the pipe, just below where I was working upstairs. A leak had mysteriously appeared. There was quite a bit of water, and the only way we could repair the leak was by cutting out a hole big enough to see what was going on. The copper pipe had been resting on a piece of wire. The little bit of water leaking from upstairs caused a spark that put a pinhole leak in the pipe.) Freak occurence, and a nice mess to clean up. We used a pipe repair kit for the time being, and I'll be learning some new plumbing methods here very soon.