The NYC Housing Preservation & Development Department warns that property owners must “act to restore” gas for heating, for hot water, or for cooking immediately any of these services are disrupted. They also warn that tenants might be entitled to deductions in the rental if they don’t.
If the gas service is shut-off for any reason there are three requirements for restoration that must be fulfilled:
- A licensed plumber
- Filing with and inspections by the NYC DOB
- Filing with and inspections by the utility company
The licensed plumber is expected to start the gas restoration process immediately after filing an emergency work notice (EWN) with the DOB. This request must state exactly what needs to be done. Within five days of approval, the plumber must file a limited application alteration (LAA) with the DOB. If this is not done timeously a stop work order (SWO) might be issued by the DOB, which is likely to result in delays.
The utility companies also follow set procedures and customers need to be aware of these.
For instance, only Con Edison employees may re-open a meter valve after it has been closed. Service restoration requires a gas integrity test form to be submitted before Con Edison can energize the gas service.
As mentioned above, Con Edison sometimes performs gas shutoff and safety tags boilers and other equipment until certain problems have been corrected and they agree to do the service reconnection.
National Grid also issues warning tags which involves gas shutoff to individual appliances and or a section of gas piping that is in a hazardous condition. Licensed qualified contractors may restore the gas service. If necessary, a local inspector might have to inspect it.
If National Grid issues a warning tag that results in the gas supply being cut-off and locked at the meter, the contractor must notify National Grid once the hazardous condition has been corrected and request National Grid reconnects the service.
Ultimately, before the gas can be legally restored, the licensed plumber must perform a pressure test in the presence of an official from the DOB.
All property owners can simplify gas restoration after gas shutoff by contracting to assist. We ensure all filings are done correctly and timeously and we oversee the work required.