Gas leaks are one of the most hazardous abnormal operating conditions, and they present an immediate danger when they occur. Many different reasons can bring about a gas leak. Improper installations, atmospheric corrosion, inadequately supported piping, and failure to protect the pipes from physical impacts are some of the abnormal operating conditions that can eventually lead to a gas leak. The most common occurrence of a gas leak is on threaded pipes at joints, valves, and fittings. Therefore, it is essential to maintain regularly, repair, and grease plug valves even before any signs of abnormal operating conditions are observed. Older gas pipes deteriorate as they age and may not have been installed using the proper technique and approved materials as outlined in the current standards, codes, and specifications in New York City. Non-compliant gas line installations will trigger a greater exposure to atmospheric corrosion, which generates a more significant potential for gas leaks to transpire as the pipes’ walls become weakened. Bare or uncoated pipes and fittings also leave the pipes more vulnerable to caustic environments, such as moisture and abnormal temperatures, which will cause aging pipes to bend and crack. The gas running through the pipes is typically odorless, tasteless, and colorless, so small gas leaks often go unnoticed but still prevent a dangerous safety hazard. During a Local Law 152 inspection, even the smallest gas leaks will be detected.
Gas Leak Prevention
Periodic inspections of your heating equipment are beneficial for your building. They can prevent safety hazards before they come about or correct them before entering into an emergency. Gas lines should be monitored for any signs of atmospheric corrosion, damaged pipes, warping, and cracks. If abnormal operating conditions are identified, they should be appropriately reported, and corrections should begin immediately.
In 2016, the NYC Council passed Local Law 152, which requires all building owners to periodically inspect their gas piping to comply with New York City’s safety regulations. Local Law 152 went into effect on January 1st, 2019. Full implementation and inspections began on January 1st, 2020.
What is Local Law 152?
Local Law 152 is a New York City mandated inspection on gas piping that must be performed every five years by a Licensed Master Plumber or a Qualified Operator for all multi-dwelling properties in NYC. Local Law 152 is a leak survey conducted on all exposed gas piping inside and outside of buildings from the point of entry, including service meters, up to individual tenet spaces. The goal of Local Law 152 is to maximize gas lines’ safety to prevent and correct any potentially hazardous conditions.
During a Local Law 152 inspection, a Licensed Master Plumber or a Qualified Operator uses an NYC-Department of Buildings approved CGI to assess the exposed gas pipes and determine if any abnormal conditions are present that must be addressed. Upon completion of the inspection, Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Reports must be completed and filed with the NYC DOB. These reports must be retained by the inspection company and building owner for ten years.
What We Do
CC Controlled Combustion Co. Inc. offers Local Law 152 inspections by one of our Master Licensed Plumbers or Qualified Operators. We check for the following conditions:
- Atmospheric Corrosion
- Point of Entry Wall Penetrations (Not Sealed)
- Illegal Connections
- Non-Code Compliant Installations
Following a Local Law 152 inspection, if any existing conditions on the exposed gas lines are determined to be unsafe or non-compliant, the building owner, utility company, and the NYC DOB must be notified immediately, and corrective actions are required to commence without delay. We offer repairs and recommendations to ensure your building complies with NYC laws that meet or exceed the standards, codes, and specifications. For any questions regarding Local Law 152 inspections and deadlines, please feel free to contact us for additional information and quotes.