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NJE 01-27-2007 08:10 AM

Leaky Steam Heat Pipe
 
First off, Love the site....I have read a million and one posts on this site that has helped me do alot of things around my house. I have come a cross a problem now and need some insight. I have steam heat in my house and as of last week, I noticed that one of the pipes was dripping water.....Slowly......The pipe is in the ceiling in my basement so it is the pipe that is feeding the radiators upstairs. I still have yet to take apart some things to take a closer look but it seems that it is dripping from the middle of the pipe....No where near any of the connections. How is this possible???

Thanks

redline 01-27-2007 08:27 AM

Does it have pipe insulation in it?

Can you see the actual spot where it is leaking?

Is the leak at the top of the pipe, side or bottom?

NJE 01-27-2007 11:12 AM

It has no insulation around it and the leak is at the bottom. I put my finger on it and I do not feel or see a hole or crack.....the water just condenses and starts dripping,,,so I am not sure where its coming from

redline 01-27-2007 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NJE (Post 31420)
It has no insulation around it and the leak is at the bottom. I put my finger on it and I do not feel or see a hole or crack.....the water just condenses and starts dripping,,,so I am not sure where its coming from

If the boiler is on then you would see it jet out like a tea kettle as the water reaches temp.

It could just be condensation. Or you may have a leak elsewhere and it is dripping down to this location.

NJE 01-27-2007 04:25 PM

is it something I should be worried about???....Your right with the fact that it definitely does not jet out....Yet it just accumulates into a drop and the comes down.. I have no idea where the condensation would come from as it is warm inthe basement and the pipes are dry.....

redline 01-29-2007 07:56 AM

Can you post a photo?

NJE 01-30-2007 08:26 PM

Its weird.....it stopped leaking....I am trying to put 2 and 2 together and seems that the days that it leaked, it was like 15 degrees outside and now that its around 30, its stopped....I still don't get it. I will try to post a pic tommorow


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