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jheidb
Removal of 1950s Boiler from Basement

We are about to begin a basement build out. We have an old non-working 1950s American Standard boiler in our basement. We have no idea how to get rid of it. We have called around to plumbers, hvac and remedial companies but not a lot of luck. We have one person on the side willing to look at it to remove it for most likely close to $1,000. You can only exit the basement through stairs that lead to the garage. There is not a direct exit to the outside and the unit is very large.

Has anyone had any experience with the removal of one of these? Some of the furnace is still hooked up to the chimney and some of the piping. There is also an old electrical box still in place. I would love to know who to call to have it removed without breaking the bank on price.

Dobbs
Re: Removal of 1950s Boiler from Basement

First thing is an advisory that removal of boilers that old is not considered a diy project---many boilers of that vintage contain asbestos insulation (a lung carcinogenic) & should be left to the professional who has the proper clothing & safety equipment to do the job safely.

Try expanding your search, consulting the Yellow Pages & going to Google to enter:
1) "Boiler Removal"
2) "Demolition Contractors"
3) "Scrap Metals"
4) "Heating Equipment--Supplies"
5) "Heating Contractors"
6) "Plumbing Contractors"

For example, if you use Google, enter one of the categories above, & include your city (or nearest large city), which should produce some leads.

It should be noted that most of the time "Heating Contractors" and "Plumbing Contractors" (the ones that install new boilers) USUALLY HAVE TO REMOVE THE OLD BOILER first before they can install the new one--------this is usually because the new boiler has to be connected to the same chimney & at the same location in the boiler room as the old one, and thus they are experienced at either removing the old unit themselves, or have a number of boiler removers in the community that they can call to remove the old unit, so perhaps you should first direct your inquires to the heating & plumbing contractors; obtaining several quotes will give you a better chance of getting it done at a reasonable rate.

If the person you talk to at these companies says they don't do that sort of work, ASK THEM IF THEY CAN REFER YOU TO SOMEONE WHO DOES!

Good luck!

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