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No classes were held Thursday St. Louis de Montfort School Oak Lawn because defective part resulted water system being turned

No classes were held Thursday at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn because a defective part resulted in the water system being turned off. Without water, the boiler could not heat the school. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 26, 2013 6:37AM



The 217 students at St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn got an unexpected day off Thursday thanks to a defective part in the building’s water system.

A regulator in a pipe that provides water to the boiler malfunctioned, resulting in a water leak. The water had to be turned off so a new regulator could be installed, said the Rev. Mark Canavan, pastor of the parish. With the water off, the boiler could not provide heat to the school building, so the school was closed Thursday, he said.

Classes, from preschool through eighth grade, are to resume Friday, Canavan said.

Don Kain, a plumber with Frankfort-based ASI Plumbing, who did the repairs, said because the regulator couldn’t regulate the water pressure going into the boiler, it was overfilling.

“If the regulator is defective it keeps shooting more water into the boiler,” Kain said.

Asbestos insulation had to be carefully removed for the regulator to be installed, Canavan said.

“If not for this man,” Canavan said of Kain, “we’re out of business as far as heating is concerned.”



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