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Hot water baseboard copper pipe clogged - how to unclog sediment?
pdev

Our lower zone on the first floor was not heating the kitchen, LR, family room - yet the bathroom, believed to be at the beginning of the run - was very hot. Too hot to touch. Plumber thought it was an air block and try to bleed the air out of the line at the boiler to no avail. There are no bleeders that we could find in the run. The automatic fill valve was replaced the month prior, due to being totally clogged with sediment. and ruined. We are assuming that the sediment is clogging the line as well. Of course there are multiple 90 degree bends from the basement up to the baseboard and back down again. Plumber said sometimes you need to just start cutting/disassembling the line to find the clog. That process will be extremely difficult, as former owners have cupboards in the kitchen built over top of it. And, they weren't built and then installed, but rather built in place.

Any ideas or tools to move the sediment and clear out the copper pipes -3/4". Just to add, we have a spring fed well that is hand dug, lined in a diabase rock, and has been going for over 200 years.

bill
Re: Hot water baseboard copper pipe clogged - how to unclog sediment?
bill

there is a way to unblock heating systems. you drain the heating system and cut open the system at the places where there is no heat then install a temporary hose taps and cut open the heating system in the boiler room. then connect full domestic water pressure to those hoses. When you do flush make sure all pipe are sealed up stairs If there is blockage it will force it out flushed to the boiler room . that being said i have never seen a copper heating system blocked with sediment. even cast iron with black iron piping sediment blockage is rare.

johnjh2o
Re: Hot water baseboard copper pipe clogged - how to unclog sediment?
johnjh2o

You need a new plumber. Copper baseboard doesn't plug. My guess is he isn't purging the system correctly. There should be a fast fill on the auto feed that needs to be opened when purging the system.

pdev
Re: Hot water baseboard copper pipe clogged - how to unclog sediment?
pdev

I will double check, but I believe he did open the fast fill auto feed which is why he was stumped as well.

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