Posted by Jermey on February 19, 2002 at 16:49:42:
In Reply to: Re: hot water and noisy pipes posted by Archibald Spignaldi on February 17, 2002 at 07:04:05:
: Two different issues. For the pipes, get some wood and place it under the radiator so it is raised by an inch or two. You may need some help depending on the configuration of the pipes. The reason is that as the steam in the radiator condenses into hot water, it needs to flow back out of the radiator and back down the pipes. When steam systems are installed, they are designed for gravity to do the work, but as buildings age and floors settle, the radiators may drop down little by little so the incline is no longer there.
: Hot water is a different issue -- probably some problem with the boiler, but hot water is critical. It's the landlord's responsibility to keep it working. Give him reasonable time, but at a certain point, call HPD central complaints, form a tenant association and do whatever is needed.
: : I have been living in the same Washington Heights apartment for the past three years. Recently the heating pipes have been banging and rattling when activated and the hot water has been going out once every other week. I have called the super and Management Company about the problem. They tried to fix it, but the problem still exists and they seem to be doing nothing. My calls and questions go unanswered.
Why must the tenatn fix these problems when we are paying top dollar to rent these places out? It is because some LL's and Realtors are not good people and do not deserve our business, however, we end up signing a lease and they threaten to sue us because they don't care.
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