I, too, bought into an old place with steam heat. (built 1903) and needed to get up to speed on steam heat. I got a book titled The lost art of steam heat by Dan Holohan. I cant recommend it highly enough. Its got stuff in there for the master plumber and stuff in there for the homeowner.
If it is a one pipe system, then you have to keep the air vents in good shape by replacing them when they start to go bad. A two pipe system requires that the outlet traps be checked and replaced or serviced annually.: I have a house that is 75+ years old. What do I need to do the maintain the steam heat system I have?
: I have a house that is 75+ years old. What do I need to do the maintain the steam heat system I have?NOTHING if it aint broke leave it alone. Just check to make sure you have no leaks as all fresh water contains oxygen and this is what kills a steam system. If a radiator doesnt get hot replace the air vent. To blance out a system alwys put the smaller vents closer to the heating source Good luck
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