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Time Is Up – For 100 Year-Old Pipes

A majority of the homes built on the Eastside of Cleveland, in particular Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, were piped with commonly used galvanized steel pipe. At the time it was a good solution for both plumbing and heating. It was manufactured in the United States, probably from the steel mills of Cleveland or Pittsburgh. It was installed by highly proficient pipe fitters working side-by-side with the carpenters of the day in order to produce a reliable piping system that would last 100 years.

Well, it’s been 100 years and the time is up for a lot of this piping. A lot of it has been replaced over the years, but there’s a lot of it still hidden in the walls out there. And that’s a problem

As evidenced by the photo above it can become a major annoyance in heating. You may move into a house that has radiators and are unfamiliar with hot water or steam powered boilers. They can seem downright mysterious to new homeowners.

When you encounter a radiator that is always cold, it’s common to think it’s a problem radiator, or a problem radiator valve. Perhaps you felt confident the new boiler you bought would solve all of your problems. Except that problematic cold radiator is still cold. Now what?

If you’re dealing with one of the premiere boiler installers in Northeast Ohio, Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we know a thing or two about heating systems. We understand it can be as much about how the house is piped, what it is piped with, and what are the most likely causes for problematic cold radiators.

Some heating companies say they install boilers. But, in reality, they only install furnaces and will install a boiler (reluctantly and poorly) if forced to. At Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we install boilers every week of the year. We are the largest residential boiler installer in Northeast Ohio. We know a thing or two about cold radiators. Just ask us. 216-932-9755.

What People Are Saying

  • Your company did an excellent job!  We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible.  Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!

    - George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • Thank you thank you!  For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!

    - Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal.  He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain.  The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system.  The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold.  Bill addressed each and every question I had.  Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed.  The work was completed in two days by a great installer team.  They were on time, professional and courteous.  The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in.  I’d highly recommend them.

    - Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation.  Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical.  I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization.  Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust.  The installation team was excellent.  They were experienced.  They arrived precisely on time every day.  They explained every step of the process.  They worked as a team.  They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own.  The installation is a thing of beauty.  Every time I go into my basement I smile.  I now have a reliable, efficient system.  I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.

     

    - Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Boiler has performed like a champ!  Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed.  New stat works well!

    - John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )