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Posted by GeneratorGrrl on May 23, 2005 at 11:56:55:
In Reply to: Soot above boiler baseboards & cleaning posted by Noreen P. on May 21, 2005 at 15:20:16:
: I have a new hot-water boiler (5 yrs) in a new home. I seem to have soot above the baseboards, it is sort of wavy & shadowy! Why? It is very hard to remove - just smuggles. How can I prevent this from happening and why does it happen? I've asked my service man! No clue as to why! Any help?????
You don't say what kind of fuel your boiler uses. Excessive sooting usually indicates incomplete combustion, which isn't good on all counts. If your boiler uses natural gas, then sooting is definitely a bad sign, as a natural gas burner should not soot if its burning all the available fuel properly. We don't use fuel oil for residential/small industrial boilers in my area, so I know oil burners by theory only, but IIRC, fuel oil also should burn without much soot if its combusting properly.
As for cleaning the soot from your baseboards, I found this link with some tips: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf884421.tip.html
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