A condensate pipe connected to a condensing boiler transports water left over from the heating process to a drain outside your house. Since a crack that leads to the structural failure of the condensate pipe could prevent your boiler from working at all, it's important to both use high quality materials and pay attention to where exactly you place the pipe. Specifically, consider these three ways to keep your new boiler's condensate pipe from cracking.
Check The Condition Of The Bricks Or Wood You'll Shove The Pipe Through
In order to direct the waste water in your boiler to an outside drain, you'll have to cut a hole for the condensate pipe in one part of your wall. If you live in a relatively new brick house and you haven't noticed any of the masonry crumbling yet, this isn't much of a problem. However, if either a wood or brick wall is old and ravaged by the elements when you bore a hole through it, the pipe section in direct contact with it will decay at a rate much faster than normal. And when the walls of the pipe are decrepit enough, cracks are inevitable.
Even if it means you'll have to make the condensate pipe a little longer than you want to, inspect several sides of your house and install the hole on the side that's suffered the least amount of damage.
Protect The Outside Part Of The Pipe With A Small Canopy
The outside section of the pipe freezing during the winter is another major cause of cracks and blockages. Since freezing is much more likely if you allow your pipe to get covered in snow and ice for a long period of time, set a small canopy on the wall to direct snow elsewhere. This will be especially effective if the drain in question is closely hugging your wall.
Use As Wide Of A Pipe As You Can To Make Freezing Less Likely
The wider the condensate pipe is, the harder it will be for water that's only partially frozen to cause a blockage serious enough to lead to a crack. When some of the water freezes up and sticks to the pipe's interior, the rest of it can just flow past the obstruction without slowing down.
If you want to save money on the materials and on installation costs, you can plan on making just the outside section of the pipe wider. For more help installing a boiler, visit Schweitzer Brothers.