How to Handle a DEP 3 day or 10 Day Notice

October 26, 2020

Thousands of DEP 3 day & 10 day notices are issued to property owners across the five boroughs on an annual basis.  In most cases when a property owner receives a DEP violation notice it is certain to catch you off guard and potentially create a panic.

There are a few aspects of the process that should be addressed from the start, this will assist you in understanding the entire process as well as making the best decision specific to your home.

A few key points to consider:

  1. When was the 3 day or 10 day notice issued and when will it expire? Is DEP going to turn off your water?
  2. How severe is the leaking water main and how much of an impact is it having on  your tenants, pedestrians or neighbors?
  3. What are the different cost variables associated with replacing your water main?
  4. Does it make sense or is it even an option to repair your water main or should the entire service line be replaced due to the age, circumstance and the plumbing code we are required to follow?
  5. Who will handle the satisfaction of your DEP notice? Once you hire the NYC Licensed Master Plumber is there anything else for you to do?
  6. Are you required to complete the final restoration of your sidewalk and roadway or will the Licensed Plumber include this in the formal estimate?
  7. How did DEP determine that it is your water main leaking and how accurate is their testing process?
  8. What happens if the 3 day notice has been issued in error and it is not your water main that is leaking?

There are several additional variables to discuss in detail that are specific to your home and all details associated with your leaking water main. It is highly suggested to schedule a free on site visit with an estimator to observe your leak, give a professional opinion if we agree with the notice and issue a formal quote for repair.

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