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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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Jul 8, 2021 12:19:00 PM

Radiators & What You Should Know

Boilers use steam radiators and hot water radiators to distribute heat, while forced-air systems central air conditioning and heat pump systems use ducts.  

Steam Radiators
One of the oldest heating techniques is steam heat.  It is the process of boiling and condensing water. The steam travels up through the vertical pipe from the boiler to the radiator where the thermal energy is given off through the fins. As the heat is lost from the steam, it slowly begins to turn back into water.  The steam becomes water and flows back down into the boiler for heating once again.

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Jun 30, 2021 11:28:31 AM

Spotting Backflow Issues in Your Commercial Property

Spotting Backflow Problems in Your Commercial Property

If the water in your commercial property is  flowing in the wrong direction,  you have a backflow problem. These issues are not only a big inconvenience, but can also pose serious health risks. The most common are bacteria growth in the drinking water.

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Jun 16, 2021 11:01:13 AM

Here Are 4 Things You Should Know When Buying a New Boiler!

Did your boiler just barely get you through the winter? Were your heating bills enormous? Were you spending a lot on repairing your old system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this may be the year to replace your old system.   

Start shopping now before the cold weather hits. Buying a new system now has its advantages. Advances in technology have created highly efficient boilers that can save you hundreds on energy costs and you can find the best equipment and the best prices now without the pressure of replacing your equipment when it's freezing outside and inside your home.

Choosing a new unit can be confusing if you don't know what to look for. Here are four things you need to consider before buying to get the best deal and the right equipment for your home and your budget. 

1. What type do you need? Steam boilers are rarely used and have been replaced by hot water boilers, with variations in the fuel used to operate them. They can use oil, natural gas, electric or liquid propane.  You should choose one that uses fuel that is most efficient for your home and area.

Fuel rates and availability vary by location, so match the equipment with the fuel in your neighborhood.  Keep in mind that switching fuel types usually involves establishing a new service line and this can be pricey. Most homeowners usually replace their old boiler with a new one of the same type, but check with your boiler professional to explore the best options for your home and your budget. 

2. What size is right for your home? Correct sizing is essential. A unit that is too big can cause short cycling. (This is when it cycles on and off too fast and can leave your home too cold.) One that is too small may have to work too hard to heat your home. (This can cause a rise in heating bills and damage your equipment.) Both problems lead to poor efficiency and can lead to a shorter lifespan for your system. 

3. How efficient are the new boilers? Your heating system uses the most energy of any appliance in your home.  Trying to keep utility bills in check means trying to get the most efficient unit you can afford. The higher the efficiency usually the more expensive, but after the initial cost, you'll see bigger savings on your fuel bills. Check the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The AFUE is a measure of a boiler's efficiency in converting fuel to energy, by projecting the average thermal efficiency for a complete heating season. A higher AFUE rating means greater energy efficiency. The most efficient ones have the ENERGY STAR rating.

An all-electric model has no flue loss through a chimney. The AFUE rating for an all-electric unit is between 95% and 100%. The lower values are for units installed outdoors because they have greater jacket heat loss.  Even though these electric models have a high-efficiency rating, the higher cost of electricity in most parts of the country makes all-electric boilers an expensive option. Consider installing a heat pump system if you are thinking about an electric model.

4. How much maintenance is required?  All heating systems need regular maintenance to optimize performance and to extend the life of the equipment. Before you buy you should know the maintenance requirements. Once a year your equipment should be checked by a licensed contractor. This annual check-up will not only ensure your family is safe and warm but can resolve minor problems before they become big ones. 

If you need your equipment replaced or repaired, Ohio Plumbing & Boiler is your trusted service company. We repair and install all makes and models of commercial and residential boilers. Our company has been repairing and maintaining all types of boilers in the Central Ohio area for almost two decades. We also offer easy financing options with low monthly payments.  Call us for your boiler maintenance or boiler replacement.  614.863.6666

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Jun 7, 2021 10:29:53 AM

Ways to Spot a Leak in Your Commercial Plumbing

A plumbing leak at your business can cause a lot of problems if it’s not repaired quickly.  Some leaks are easier to find than others.  A plumbing leak in a hidden pipe or valve may be hard to locate. It may create a significant problem that will need extensive repairs if left too long. 

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Jun 7, 2021 9:50:22 AM

How to Hire a Commercial Plumber

Commercial plumbing issues can be serious. When you have a plumbing problem in your bar, restaurant, or other commercial business you need to get a solution quickly. If  you don't get a licensed and experienced commercial plumber who can do the job done right the first time, you may end up with even more problems.        

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May 4, 2021 4:37:34 PM

Commercial Sump Pump Checklist

According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the number one natural disaster in the U.S. is flooding. If you are a business owner, a flood can cause lots of damage to your property and can cost thousands or millions of dollars in damage.

Industrial and commercial sump pump systems are essential for any commercial building with a basement. A sump pump is designed to prevent an area from flooding by constantly removing water from the area before it can rise.

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