In a home, the common boiler problems that usually require boiler repairs include low boiler pressure, cold patches in the radiator, whistling noises from the boiler and frozen condensate pipes. There are various reasons why these issues happen but the best option is to call a Gas Safe engineer to fix the boiler. For industrial boilers, the problems are more complex and so with the process of boiler repair.
When Stelco experienced operational issues while switching over the boilers for maintenance last July 12, the company had to shut down its coking operations. According to a resident, they saw emissions and unusual flames from the stacks at the steelmaker’s coking operations in Hamilton. The emissions resulted to pollution which is now under review by the provincial environmental officials.
When The Spectator asked Stelco for comment, the company officials did not immediately respond. However, the provincial Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks confirmed that certain operational issues were experienced by the steelmaker. When they switched over the boilers for maintenance, it temporarily stopped the steam supply to the coke ovens and byproduct operations. This resulted into emissions from the central boiler stacks and coke oven battery.
In order to create coke, coal is heated to very high temperatures in a series of ovens. Coke is used in the blast furnaces to make iron which in turn is used to make steel. According to Gary Wheeler, a spokesperson for the ministry, coking operations at Stelco resumed last July 14. The ministry is still gathering sufficient data for review to make sure that Stelco complies with applicable legislation and regulations.
The ministry is also investigating the black plume of carbon and coal that was released by the blast furnace. Stelco is also investigating the sudden and unexpected breeder emissions and how it impacted the environment. Particle samples from the scene are being analyzed.
The best way to prevent carbon monoxide emissions in the home is to ensure that the boiler is inspected regularly. If there are issues that require boiler repairs, call Gas Safety certified engineers for the task. Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion because oxygen supply in insufficient.