I am working on reversing 30 years of neglect to the basement of my in-laws. One of the biggest issues I have is the radiator system in the basement. A converted coal furnace - now utilizing an oil burner - has several asbestos wrapped black iron pipes that snake throughout the basement. Four of these pipes cut diagonally across the center of the basement, such that a 6' tall butts his forehead against the pipe.
Now the asbestos is a separate subject altogether and can be dealt with if I want to open my wallet.
What I really want to know is whether I can get these pipes out of the way. The only place I see them going it up. This begs the question, is there a flex pipe that I can use for this scenario or is black iron piping the only material that code will allow for a radiator system?
My other option is to jackhammer down and reset/pour the basement floor level a foot or so lower.
Are there any options here?