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Street excavation for pipe repair

Street Plumbing into Building NYC

A water main repair usually requires less trenching than a sewer repair and will require tunnels to be made below ground. Once the tunnels are completed, the copper pipe is pulled from one hole, to the next.

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Roots Cleared From Sewer Results in Pipe Repair

Many homeowners in NYC will experience a sewer backup this year. The most common issue causing sewage to back up in the basement sewer trap, is due to roots. It is common for roots from a nearby tree to grow through the joints of a sewer line or even through the pipe itself if made […]

New water main connected to city water main

Water Main Leaks Into Con Edison Manhole

Earlier this week one of our customers became aware that a water main was leaking into a Con Edison manhole in front of their house. Naturally the homeowner contacted DEP (311) to avoid any potential unsafe conditions and have the problem resolved immediately. Little did they know that the water leak was coming from their pipe and they were responsible to have it repaired on an emergency ba

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

Digging for water main

Water Main Burst As A Result of Freezing Temperature

It is more common for a water main to crack or leak when the water in your pipes begin to freeze and expand. The expansion of your pipes will exacerbate any minor pre-existing issues within your water line, finally pushing the weakest point of your pipe into leak mod

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.

Digging for new water main installation

Water Main Leaks Inside Sewer Pit Brooklyn

Mrs. Saunders of New York Ave in Brooklyn first contacted Harris Water & Sewer after she became aware that her basement carpet was wet and suspected that her external water main was broken. Mrs Saunders was correct, she did have a broken pipe resulting in a wet carpet, but it was a broken pipe inside her wall. Harris opened the sewer trap to close the house control valve and stop the leak when the field investigator became aware that there was a secondary water main problem.

Leaking tap

Top 4 Reasons for Low Water Pressure

Like many other NYC property owners, you may be suffering from a shortage in water pressure. In some scenarios you may have been dealing with it for years and the pressure is now starting to decrease. In other cases, you may have experienced a large reduction in water pressure over the previous few weeks. Most […]

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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.

The final connection

Water Main Leak in Queens Results in DEP 3 Day Notice

DEP truck was parked outside of her house. The DEP supervisor requested to check her water main due to a water leak surfacing on her property, which was leaking onto the public sidewalk. He was quick to diagnose and determine the water was coming from her water main and issued her a 3 day notice.