Last night the missus discovered our boiler was dripping. As the boiler is
in piggy parlour (guinea pigs by the way) then this was of course of highest
priority. I was enjoying the BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the time
and I am of course lowest priority after the cat and guinea pigs.
My immediate reaction was that the condensate trap was bunged up with debris
again and overflowing. Knowing this takes about 20 mins to whip out, rinse
under the tap and then reinstall I thought I would be back in time to see
who had won.
But this was not the case, the drain plug on the trap was split and the
condensate was leaking from there. So with some Screwfix sanitary silicone I
completely covered the plug and left it to dry over night.
Reinstalled it this morning and no leaks so far.
So what is the effect of boiler condensate on the silicone, i.e. how long
will my temporary fix last?
More importantly, at least to her, what is the effect of dripping condensate
on guinea pigs?
Of course now the boiler needs to be moved as it is now not seen as safe for
Aim to work one hour less this week than last week and get paid the same.
The cat certainly thinks so. If you've never read a book called The
Silent Miaow by Paul Gallico then I would recommend it as a stocking
filler. Alternatively, if you really want to piss her off "101 Uses
for a Dead Cat" ought to do it.
Anyway, moving on.....
There was a post from Ed Sirett on this yesterday regarding a Baxi
Barcelona that he had attended where the same had happened, except in
this case, the wretched appliance was also belching fumes into the
You don't say which boiler you have, but if your fix falls out then
probably the same will happen. Even if the boiler is behaving well
and there is little carbon monoxide, you will be raising the
proportion of carbon dioxide in the room if it is not very well
ventilated. CO2 is heavier than air and if the little critters are
near floor level there may be an asphyxiation risk.
If it were me, I wouldn't rely on it as a long term solution, but go
and buy the right part this week before we really get to silly season.
The drain does need to be removable for cleaning as well.
The condensate is mildly acidic, but I wouldn't have thought
I think that a quick and proper fix should restore confidence.......
Cheers thanks Andy.
I let the missus read you reply and she is ringing around as I type to find
someone with the part in stock. Then shes off to collect it. They do have
some uses after all!
My cousin married a farmer's son, she lived with them for 2 years absolutely
adamant that she wouldn't eat anything she saw walking around outside. Lamb
bought from a shop was fine but there was no way she'd eat home grown
produce. Crazy idea if you ask me but she did eventually give in. Now she's
hooked on goat.
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