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Water main leaking in roadway

Who Is Responsible For A Water Main Leak On Sidewalk Or Roadway?

It is common for the property owner to either ignore the leaking water pipe, or may not understand that it is their responsibility. In this case the NYC DEP will issue a 3 day notice violation to have the leak resolved and if not rectified at this point, they will issue a 10 day notice as well as turning the water off from the roadway.

New copper from tap

Lead Water Main Leaks Inside Basement

Last weekend in Queens, the tenant of a two family house came home from school to 2” of water in her basement apartment. As most would, she panicked and called her local plumber to investigate. He was quick to determine that it w

New copper is installed

Lead Water Pipe Leaks and Replaced with Copper

This Queens homeowner was aware that he had a lead water line that had sprung a small leak several months prior. In the back of his mind he knew that the main had to be replaced simply for the fact that it was lead, and now that it had a leak, he continued to tell himself he better have it changed before things got worse.

Domestic & Sprinkler Combined Water Main Installed

Harris Water & Sewer was hired to install a new combined water service for a new building in Park Slope Brooklyn as well as a second main for the same owner, in Queens. As per standard procedure, the field workers began the job by opening the roadway with a jackhammer in search for the city water main.

water main leak in manhole

Water Line Leaks Into City Sewer Manhole

After investigating three houses with a noise test, one unlucky neighbor was issued a 3 day notice to have their lead pipe replaced with copper. The homeowner was in complete shock after she became aware that replacement was so expensive and questioned the possibility of repairing the pipe. Her licensed plumber informed her that it was illegal to make a repair on a lead pipe and that it falls outside of the DEP plumbing code.


How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Water Main?

There are also sections of the 5 Boroughs which are notorious for large rock which result in challenging work conditions. Any experienced plumbing contractor should be aware of the neighborhoods and borou

water main Reapir on property

Who is Paying for NYC Water Main Breaks

Most NYC homeowners are quick to assume that “the city” will assume responsibility for a broken water main surfacing in the roadway or public sidewalk. This may be the case in many other towns and states however, NYC homeowners are not that lucky.
The responsibility of a NYC homeowner extends through the sidewalk and into the roadway where the city connection is located.

Tap blows and water shooting in air

Water Main Tap Blows Out of City Main

After ninety minutes of digging, they reached the city water main and found an old “driven tap” that was extremely fragile as it was basically hanging out of the city main by a thread. The foremen was aware of the conditions, for this reaso

Excavating for water main installation

Fire Sprinkler Water Main Installed for Home Renovation

Installing a new sprinkler main or combined water main is a big project in the eyes of most property owners, when dealing with a licensed plumber, the process is straight forward. An experienced water main and sewer contractor should have the entire processed streaml

The pipe is now installed from one hole, to the next

What Does A Broken Water Main Sound Like ?

Due to the similarity in noise, people tend to ignore the leak which creates more of a severe condition over time. Most homeowners first become aware that their water line is broken after being served a DEP 3 day notice or a flooded basement.