Underground Steam Pipe

Underground Steam Pipe

Underground Steam Pipe? More commonly referred to as steam return pipes that are found in all homes with steam heating systems. In most cases, they’re made of black steel pipe and when buried underground eventually leak.

I got the call from a long-time customer who was renovating a walk-in apartment in her home which was unoccupied for years. As her handyman was prepping the walls for paint, he discovered excessive dampness at the front right living room wall.

Thinking it was moisture leaching in from the exterior brick, he probed further and discovered steam percolating up from the ground. That’s when she called me to investigate further. Sure enough, it turned out to be an underground steam pipe (return pipe) that was rotted and leaking.

Check out the process of abandoning the leaking return pipe and installing a new copper return pipe from the front wall back and into the boiler room. A very common repair for the homes in my service area of Brooklyn, N.Y. Enjoy!

Happy Plumbing,


Milwaukee Tools Used on this Job:

Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 FUEL Hackzall (Bare Tool), Red, Black,

Milwaukee 2626-20 M18 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless 18,000 OPM Orbiting Multi-Tool with Woodcutting Blades and Sanding Pad with Sheets Included (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)

Milwaukee Electric Tools MLW2504-20 M12 Fuel 1/2" Hammer Drill (Bare)


Imperial Blades IBOAT360-2 One Fit 1-3/8" Carbide Extreme Storm Titanium Metal Blade, 2PC, Multi

Lenox Tools Metal Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade with Power Blast Technology, Bi-Metal, 6-inch, 24 TPI, 5/PK (20568624R)


Sealing Compounds:

Block(TM) – Screw Cap With Brush

2 Pack- Milrose 70885 Blue Monster 1/2" x 1429′ Blue Teflon Tape


My Video Equipment:

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm STM Lens

Canon EF-S 24MM 1.2.8 STM

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body) for Vlogging|CMOS (APS-C) Sensor| Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus| Wi-Fi |Bluetooth and 4K Video, Black

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens, Black – 7568B002

Rode VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone

Rode Wireless Go – Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver

Comica WM300C Wireless Lavalier Microphone

Neewer 2 Pieces Bi-color 660 LED Video Light and Stand Kit Includes:(2)3200-5600K CRI 96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor and (2)75 inches Light Stand for Studio Photography, Video Shooting

Magnus VT-400 Aluminum Tripod System with 2-Way Fluid Pan Head

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Headhttps://amzn.to/2YPhyVO



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