Understanding the Difference Between Utility Inspections and Local Law 152 Inspections 

Local Law 152 is a citywide ordinance and requires inspections for the majority of buildings in NYC. A licensed master plumber completes these inspections in accordance with the instructions outlined by Local Law 152.

At the same time, many properties in different localities also undergo utility inspections by Consolidated Edison or National Grid. These are the differences between the two inspection types and what you need to know to be sure that you are meeting all of the separate requirements for your area.

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Boiler Inspection Penalties for Missed Deadlines

The NYC Department of Buildings requires annual boiler inspections for multifamily residential, commercial, and mixed use properties with a boiler. The inspection cycle for BO-9 inspections is from January 1 to December 31. At some point during the year, you will need to schedule your inspection with an authorized inspector and handle any repairs or maintenance identified during the inspection.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in fines that increase in value the longer that an inspection goes uncompleted, underscoring the importance of completing both inspections and repairs in a timely manner.

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Differences Between Hazardous Conditions versus Deficient Conditions After an LL 152 Inspection

The three results of a Local Law 152 inspection are to have no problems at all, to have deficient conditions, or to have hazardous and unsafe conditions. Depending on what your inspection turns up, the next steps will depend on these results.

By understanding the different outcomes, you can be prepared to quickly address any problems following your Local Law 152 inspection to ensure continued gas service and make any repairs necessary before LL152 deadlines.

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Fire Sprinkler Inspection Schedule in NYC

Because of the important role that a fire sprinkler system plays in keeping building occupants safe and reducing damage to property, the city requires building owners to adhere to a schedule of regular inspections. 

The monthly, quarterly, annual, and periodic requirements in this schedule align with the NFPA 25, or National Fire Protection Association’s standards for inspection that have proven effective for keeping sprinkler systems in good repair and primed for any fires that could potentially occur at your residential or commercial property.

The specific requirements will depend on your property type, property size, and the type of fire sprinkler system you have installed. Your licensed master plumber can discuss specific requirements with you prior to inspection, but this guide can give you a general idea of what to expect in terms of inspection, maintenance, and repair for your fire sprinkler system.

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Local Law 152 Requirements for New Buildings

Local Law 152 first went into effect in 2020, requiring all commercial and multi-residential buildings in NYC at that time to receive regular inspections of gas piping systems every 4 years. There are a few exceptions to LL 152 and one of these is for newer buildings.

Much of what Local Law 152 checks for is damage that may have developed in a gas piping system over time and work that is unauthorized or completed without compliance with building codes. Because newer buildings are unlikely to have any significant wear or aging on their gas piping systems, they are excepted from LL 152 requirements for an initial period of time. Understanding these guidelines will ensure that you are meeting inspection requirements when necessary for your new building.

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Boiler Maintenance Checklist

When well maintained, a boiler in NYC can easily last for many years and deliver effective and efficient heating over that time. While some tasks should always be left to professionals - such as boiler repairs, annual boiler inspection, and annual or start up servicing, - there are a variety of maintenance steps that a building owner or super can take throughout the year as well.

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Understanding Carbon Monoxide Risks with Natural Gas - And How to Protect Yourself

There are two main risks with gas piping systems. Both are rare, but important to be aware of. The first is a gas leak which can lead to fire and explosion. The second risk is carbon monoxide, which is often called a “silent killer” because it can have dangerous, or even fatal results with little warning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced as a result of burning. When gas appliances in your home convert fuel into heat, they are burning the fuel, which results in a release of carbon monoxide as a byproduct. Trace amounts of carbon monoxide are harmless, but any event that causes carbon monoxide to build up can lead to harmful consequences.

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The Most Common Boiler Repairs

When your boiler goes out in the winter or starts to malfunction, it can leave you stressed over whether or not your building will have heat on a cold day. For this reason, you want to be able to determine the issue quickly and make the necessary repairs. 

Fortunately, most boiler repairs fall into one of a few categories and with professional service, you can often get your boiler back up and running before long. 

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What to Expect from Backflow Prevention Device Testing

A backflow prevention device is an important piece of equipment that prevents water on properties from flowing back into the main line and causing a serious public health and safety issue. But in order to fulfill these requirements, a backflow prevention device needs to be working correctly.

For this reason, NYC requires properties in the city with backflow prevention devices installed to have the device inspected annually. This inspection is generally straightforward and rarely reveals a problem, but knowing what to expect and understanding the process can help you meet testing requirements with less hassle.

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Checklist for Gas Pipe Installation in NYC

Gas appliances can be a great choice for your home in NYC. Natural gas is a great power source for heating, as well as appliances like dryers, water heaters, stoves, and more. 

Before you get started with the installation process, you want to be sure you know all of the steps to take for an efficient upgrade that will give you the right gas piping system to cover your family's needs and support any gas appliances you want to install.

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How Often Should You Schedule a Gas Safety Inspection at Your Home

Natural gas is a top choice for single family homes in NYC as it is affordable, efficient, and generally very safe. You can further increase the safety of natural gas with regular inspections of your piping system.

While commercial properties and multifamily housing are required to have regular inspections every 4 years under Local Law 152, single family and 2-unit residential properties are exempt from this requirement. But just because gas line inspections are not required does not mean you should not get them. Making a gas piping system inspection a regular part of your home maintenance routine is a valuable step for any property that relies on gas natural gas power.

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Now is the Time to Schedule Your 2022 Local Law 152 Inspection

As we approach the last quarter of 2022, we are also approaching the end of the year deadline for Local Law 152 inspections. This law requires the majority of properties in NYC to have their gas piping systems inspected by a licensed master plumber and to take care of any repairs necessary before the end of the year. 

Since the end of the year is a busier time for licensed master plumbers as many property owners rush to get their inspections completed, scheduling your inspection now guarantees a hassle free inspection and repair process.

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Tips for Gas Appliance Installation, Maintenance, and Use

Many people who rely on gas appliances like stoves, water heaters, and furnaces swear by these solutions for reliable performance, efficiency, and ease of use. There are some differences between natural gas and electric appliances in terms of the installation process and how they function.

If you are interested in upgrading to gas appliances, here are some of the things you should know before making the switch.

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Gas Line Capacity and the Cost of a New Gas Pipe Installation

When you already have a gas line providing natural gas to your property, Installing a new pipe or upgrading an existing appliance will often be more affordable since you can connect to the meter that is already there or tap into an existing gas pipe.

But this is not always the case if the existing gas piping system does not have the capacity. Every gas powered appliance you have inside your home needs a minimum amount of fuel to provide adequate performance. If your pipes are too small to provide enough fuel to all of your different appliances, the cost of gas pipe installation will usually be higher.

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What a Master Plumber Does During a Gas Inspection in NYC

There are many reasons you might need a gas piping system inspection in NYC. Many properties have mandated inspections under Local Law 152, but you may also schedule a gas piping system inspection on your own if you suspect a leak, are undergoing repairs or renovations, or have another reason which makes it necessary to have a professional look at your gas piping system. 

The inspection process will differ somewhat depending on the reason for the inspection. For instance, a Local Law 152 inspection has an array of specific requirements to be completed during the inspection. But in general, any gas line inspection in NYC will use a variety of different inspection techniques to verify that your system is in proper working order. Here is what you can expect during a gas piping system inspection. 

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Why Use Individual Gas Meters in a Multi Unit Residential Complex?

When supplying a multifamily residential building in NYC with natural gas, there is the option to use a single, master meter in which one gas meter tracks all gas usage for the building and the utility billed to the property owner. You can also use a sub meter system in which every unit has its own meter and usage tracking and billing are done on an individual basis.

Although there are pros and cons to both systems and a single master meter can be the right choice for certain properties, replacing a master meter with a sub meter system can offer significant benefits to residential property owners in NYC. 

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Tools for Gas Leak Detection

There will often be signs that indicate a gas leak problem, such as the rotten egg smell or hissing sounds in the area where the leak developed, but the signs may not always be obvious. Sometimes, gas leaks can still be hard to detect if the leak happens in an unreachable place or you do not notice the smell.

In these cases, a variety of tools and detectors can help confirm if you have a gas leak on your property and pinpoint the location. Certain tools can also make it possible to regularly monitor gas piping systems and around your home or business in case a leak develops. 

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Steps for Relighting the Pilot Light on Your Gas Hot Water Heater

Gas hot water heaters are equipped with a pilot light. This flame stays constantly lit, and when your hot water heater turns on, the pilot light ignites the burner that will then heat your water. 

Hot water heater pilot lights can go out for different reasons, such as a temporary change in the gas pressure. When this happens occasionally, it generally is not a problem, but you will need to know how to relight your pilot light in order for your hot water heater to resume heating water.

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