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Sep 8, 2021 10:06:13 AM

The Basics about Backflow

What is Backflow?

Pressurized water pipes bring drinking water from the source to the tap in your property.  The water should only flow in one direction, but it can flow in the opposite direction or “backflow”  under certain conditions such as a water main break or high demand at a fire hydrant.

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Sep 7, 2021 7:10:00 AM

How Important is Water Quality for Your Commercial Boiler?

Water quality is important in the operation of a commercial boiler. If you find that you are  replacing your commercial boiler's water feed tube often, you may have an issue with the quality of the water you are using.

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Sep 4, 2021 3:55:09 PM

Do You Know the Importance of a Boiler Steam Valve?

Water's transition from liquid to gas is steam.  Used in a variety of industrial applications such as generating electricity it can also be used for cleaning, moisturizing, adding humidity to the air  and atomization. These applications need some parameter control. To do this, a steam control valve is an essential part of the engineering to control the boiler process.

A boiler steam valve is used to control the flow and pressure level of steam and heated water vapor as well as controlling temperature. These valves are available in many configurations, connection types and actuation methods.

Boilers work at high pressures. High pressure steam has a lower specific volume that makes it lighter. Because it is lighter, the distribution becomes easier and cheaper from the reduction in piping and insulation requirements. These valves are not only needed to control steam pressure and temperature but they are necessary for plant safety. 

Some industrial process applications use steam at a lower pressure because steam at a low pressure has higher latent heat that increases energy efficiency.  

At Ohio Plumbing & Boiler, we know that when your equipment breaks down you need it repaired quickly. Our clients have come to rely on our product knowledge of boiler valves, boiler controls, boiler parts and our focus on customer service. 

We can help you keep your industrial, commercial or residential boiler running at peak performance with our expert preventative maintenance that identifies issues that keep small problems from turning into big ones. 

Whether you have a gas, electric or oil boiler, we're the Columbus and Central Ohio area hot water heating experts. Our clients include area hospitals, schools and universities, churches, apartment complexes, commercial buildings and hundreds of homeowners.

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Sep 4, 2021 8:19:52 AM

What is a Fire Tube Boiler?

The two most popular boiler types that you can choose for your specific application are a water tube or a fire tube boiler. It is not always easy to choose the type that is best for your application. There are some significant differences to consider for each type.  

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Aug 16, 2021 12:29:34 PM

High-Efficiency Aspen Boilers

Looking for a high-efficiency boiler that can deliver superior efficiency, performance, and  versatility? The Aspen from U.S. Boiler is worth considering.

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Aug 16, 2021 11:51:37 AM

Three Condensing Boilers to Consider

Three condensing boilers from U.S. Boiler Company, offer a comprehensive array of sizes and  capabilities for your home.  The Aspen, the K2, and the Alpine are three condensing boiler models worth considering.   

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Aug 16, 2021 11:07:41 AM

Understanding the Turndown Ratio of a Boiler

If you’re considering a new high-efficiency boiler for your home or facility, you   should understand the turndown ratio. 

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Jul 29, 2021 10:19:00 AM

What You Should Know about Your Boiler

Many people don't know the difference between a boiler and a hot water heater. A water heater is a large tank that heats water, while a  boiler can heat water that is used to bring heat to the home and heat the water. There are  boilers that  can heat the water to the point it turns into steam.   

A boiler is a closed vessel in which liquid such as water is heated.  Despite the name, the water or other liquid does not always boil. The heated or vaporized fluid exits the boiler for use in various processes or heating applications, including water heating, central heating, boiler-based power generation, cooking, and sanitation.

Modern boilers are more efficient than older models for several reasons. Newer models are  condensing boilers. They achieve high efficiency by condensing water vapor in the exhaust gases.  By recovering the latent heat in the exhaust which would have been wasted, the boiler much more efficient. 

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Jul 23, 2021 10:49:07 AM

3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Commercial Plumber

If you have a plumbing issue at your commercial property,  you know that It isn't easy to find the right contractor for your specific project. 

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Jul 20, 2021 3:48:57 PM

SEWER GAS ODORS & YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING

The breakdown of natural human waste can cause sewer gas. It has hydrogen sulfide in it and this gives its signature rotten egg smell.  

While it isn't toxic at low levels, chronic exposure to or high levels of exposure can result in symptoms of sewer gas poisoning.

Modern plumbing systems have measures in place to protect your property from sewer gas leaks.  Possible causes of a sewer gas smell in your commercial building are usually the result of  plumbing problems.

Expose can occur from leaks in your plumbing system due to improperly installed pipes. It can also leak into your building when plumbing vents are installed too close to a window or air intake.
Leaks from nearby septic systems can also enter your building through cracks in the foundation.

If your pipes are degraded, cracked, or broken, sewer gas can leak through them and into your building.

Toxic gases are diffused away from your building through air vents.  If they are blocked with dirt or debris, they may not be able to vent properly. This can cause sewer gas to build up in the pipes and leak into the building.

Drains transport toxic waste through the system. Clogged drains can cause a sewage backup.
If left untreated, the clog can continue to decompose and leak sewer gas back into the building.

If toilets and drains aren’t used, they can dry out and lose their ability to provide a barrier from harmful gases. If these become dry,  sewer gas can then leak into the property.

To protect against  leakage of gas from the sewage pipes, toilets should always be tightly fitted to the sewer lines.  A gap in the pipes from a loose toilet can lead to sewer gas leaks.

The primary components of sewer gas and the compounds that contribute to high levels of toxicity include:

  • hydrogen sulfide
  • methane
  • ammonia
  • carbon dioxide

 Various symptoms of sewer gas exposure are:

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • poor memory and concentration
  • loss of smell (you’ll no longer be able to smell the rotten egg odor of sewer gas)
  • mouth, throat, and lung irritation
  • eye irritation and pink eye
  • seizures

Sewer gas isn't only annoying and offensive, but it can also be dangerous. If you smell sewer gas in your commercial property, call Ohio Plumbing & Boiler to diagnose and repair the problem. 

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