My kitchen has a radiator with pipes going into a concrete floor. I am
thinking of removing it while I decorate behind it and also flush it
out at the same time.
As there is no play in the pipework I am worried about what to do if I
damage the pipes, particularly when retightening the joints. My
biggest fear is of fracturing a pipe at the point of entry into the
How would I recover that situation? Presumably I would have to dig up
the concrete floor to a sufficient depth to joint a new length of
Any other suggestions on how to handle this?
Something else to factor in is that the pipes themselves may easily be
corroded and weakened at the floor boundary. Liquid spills an floor
cleaning tends to leave at least a bead of liquid, often containing
chemicals, at this point. As they evaporate, the chemical concentration
increases. Even when dry, the chemicals tend to absorb moisture and
start etching away again. None of this may be apparent by visual
inspection. *Any* handling, let alone rough handling, may result in failure.
The standard answer is to not remove such a radiator unless it really
has to be removed. There are special paint brushes.
Recovery of course depends on removing enough material to expose sound
pipe. Which, if corrosion products have been travelling along the
outside of the pipe due to a combination of wicking and differential
expansion, could mean removing a lot of floor..
Of course, if there is a cold-worked bend in the pipe nearby under the
concrete, all sorts of new corrosion possibilities exist, due to the
What is the pipe? I have found that 15mm copper pipe is pretty
resilient. Only problem I have ever had with it is one house where it
had been laid unwrapped in concrete floors and corroded until water
started coming up through the floor. Apparently a feature of the
development where a lot of houses had already had their CH systems
re-plumbed above floor level.
It's copper piping and I am assuming that it is not in any sort of
The problem also is that I don't know which direction the pipes go
away from the radiator so digging up the floor may become a major job.
I have just taken off the skirting and after a struggle I managed to
remove from behind the radiator whilst it is position.
The more I think about it the less attractive it becomes to try and
take off the radiator. I don't like doing jobs in a work-around way,
but on this occasion I think I will play safe.
Thanks to you both for comments.
i had some building work down which required a copper pipe from the gas
meter to the main house pipe being run through the brick work, but the
builder covered the copper pipe with brick work, when the plumber turned to
do the central heatingup he wasnt best pleased as the copper pipe should
have been wrapped or covered up to stop the cement corroding the copper
If you have other jobs to do on the heating system, like adding new
inhibitor, you could drain the system and lift the kitchen rad off complete
I had to do this with a lounge rad as all my ground floor is concrete and
the tail pipe length was only 3" (no spring in the pipes whatsoever).
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