I have a leak through my ceiling only when I use my shower.

If the leak only occurs when using the shower, check for loose tile or missing grout first. Water may be seeping through unexpected areas. Before doing any major tile repairs, a series of tests should be performed in a specific order to find any plumbing-related problems or eliminate plumbing as the problem. Kew Forest knows […]

Should my basement heating pipes be insulated?

Some people leave the basement heating lines uncovered to get a little extra heat in the basement. Keep in mind that this may affect heating the rest of the house. There is heat loss through uncovered steam lines, and the steam will condense into water at a faster rate. The more efficient system is insulated.

Why do I need to fill my boiler every day?

You are losing water either from air valves passing steam or from a leaking condensate return line. Either way, this is a serious concern as each time the system needs new water, new oxygen is added, and this causes system deterioration. Let us determine the cause by checking the obvious problems first. Likely it is […]

Should my boiler be serviced annually?

YES! The safety controls on your boiler should be checked at the beginning of the heating season every year. A little preventive maintenance goes a long way. Kew Forest has a step-by-step diagnostics checkup that is important to the life and safety of your system. The doctor is in and we make house calls!

Why do my steam pipes bang when my heat comes on?

Steam systems need an experienced team to decipher the problems and know how to fix them. The banging sound could be caused by a steam line which is holding water. The drastic difference in the hot steam and cool water creates a loud, violent, banging noise. It could also be the piping near the boiler […]

Why does my hot water have a brown tint to it?

Discolored hot water can be a warning that your hot water heater may be on its way out. The glass lining may have worn away and the still tank is rusting. It’s time to replace the tank. Sometimes a street repair close by can also fool you into thinking you have an “in-house” problem. We […]

What kind of commercial services do you provide?

Kew Forest Plumbing is proud to service commercial accounts, including infrastructure-grade heating systems for the FDNY. Our systems are tailored to efficiently and expeditiously handle your building and facility maintenance issues. From commercial businesses to management companies to city agencies, Kew Forest is there to look over your situation, advise on the various options, and […]

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