For the most part, boiler systems are located in basements or other parts of the home that can be easily flooded. If you have experienced a flood in your basement due to severe weather or a plumbing issue, you have a lot of work to do. In addition to removing the water and cleaning up the mess, you have to replace, rebuild or repair any equipment that was submerged during the flood, including your boiler system.
After a flood, you have two options when it comes to getting your boiler system back up and running. You can either rebuild your boiler or replace it with a new one. Following are three reasons why you might want to replace your boiler rather than rebuild it.
Salt Water Considerations
If you live along the coastline or near a brackish water source, the water in your basement was likely brackish, meaning it had a higher level of salt content than freshwater. Why does it matter? Salt is naturally corrosive.
In fact, seawater is the most corrosive type of water since it contains 3.5 percent sodium chloride. Brackish water is slightly less corrosive, coming in at a 1 to 2.5 percent concentration, but it can still wreak havoc on your boiler. And it's almost impossible to clean and replace all the components affected by corrosive water.
Rebuilding Is a Big Job
After it has been under water for any amount of time, most of the components on your boiler needs to be replaced, including the control components, wiring, switches, insulation, pump, zone vales, etc. As you can see, virtually every part needs to be replaced, which is a very large job. While the housing of your boiler might be OK if your basement was flooded with freshwater, it just makes sense to make everything new again to prevent future problems.
Difficult Boiler Systems
Some boiler systems, called sectional boilers, are extremely difficult to tear down and put back together. While rebuilding these systems, it's almost impossible to get to all the components, valves and connections in order to replace them. It's often best to replace the whole unit to make sure you replace all the compromised parts.
There are several reasons why it's a good idea to replace your boiler system after you experience a flooded basement. Not only does it save time, it also guarantees that you won't have any lingering mechanical or safety issues as a result of the unit being under water. To learn more, contact a company like Adams Plumbing & Heating.