BOILERS are appliances that heat water and distribute the water to piping under the floor or to radiators that are installed around the perimeter of the house. In older homes the radiators may be large ornate cast iron fixtures that deliver a warm, comfortable heat. In newer homes the radiators are about the size of your baseboard and are usually located below the windows.
Another type of hot water heating system is the in-floor heating system. The floors have plastic tubing installed throughout the floor. When the boiler is heating, the floors are heated to a comfortable temperature underfoot and the floors heat the interior space.
When in-floor heating first became popular, the contractors were using a grey plastic pipe made of polybutelene. This piping was oxygen permeable, meaning that the water in the closed loop heating system was constantly rich with oxygen, which caused failures with the components of the heating system, including the boiler itself.
The solution to this problem is to isolate the boiler and heating components from the piping system using an isolation system. This keeps the oxygen-bearing water isolated from the heating system. The piping or distribution system uses components that resist the corrosive action of the oxygen. We use bronze pumps and portable water expansion tanks and stainless steel heat exchangers.
If you think you have a heating system that uses polybutelene piping, call us for a free consultation.
We supply, install, and service all types of boiler systems.
Once it’s installed, we can keep your new heating system in top condition with an annual service visit.