Local Law 152 (LL152) requires that building owners periodically inspect their exposed gas piping systems. NYC Gas Piping Inspection must be conducted by a licensed master plumber or by someone who works under the direct supervision of an LMP.
The inspections must be completed on a schedule based on the community district. The owner must submit an Inspection Certification within 30 days of the inspection.
According to Local Law 152 of 2016, all buildings (with the exception of one- and two-family dwellings) in must undergo periodic inspections of gas lines. These inspections are conducted to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants. If you’re not sure if your building is required to comply with this law, you can find out by checking the Department of City Planning’s website.
It’s also important to note that only a licensed master plumber or a person with at least five years of full-time experience working under the direct and continuing supervision of a master plumber can conduct these inspections. Additionally, this law doesn’t require that you provide notice to your tenants prior to the inspections taking place. During these inspections, if any unsafe or dangerous conditions are discovered, the inspector must report them to the owner of the building, the utility company and DOB. In some cases, this may lead to shutting off the gas or evacuating the building.
The inspection process takes 30 days to complete, after which the building owner receives a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Report (GPS1). The building owner must submit to DOB a Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification within 120 days of the GPS1 reporting date stating whether or not any of the unsafe conditions identified in the report have been corrected. If additional time is needed, the owner must request an extension from DOB.
During the inspection, the LMP will look at the meters, exposed gas piping in non-tenant spaces and the appliances connected to these pipes. The inspector will also check the gas service meter and piping to make sure they’re properly installed.
The next step is filing the GPS2 report with the DOB. The report must be submitted online through the DOB portal by the LMP who performed the initial inspection. If you need to file an extension, you must request this from the DOB within 60 days of the original report due date. If you don’t file the extension request, the GPS2 report will be considered late and you’ll need to pay a penalty fee.
Gas pipe inspection is carried out using specialized equipment such as a gas detector and a pressure gauge. The inspector checks the pressure of the gas, whether it is above or below the safe pressure and if it is connected properly. He also checks for the proper ventilation of the place where the gas is kept. Ventilation is very important in case a leak happens, because it can lead to fire and health problems. The engineer will also check for any other accessories connected with the gas appliance. These include safety devices, regulators and chimneys.
Before hiring an LMP, make sure that you check both their license status and disciplinary and voluntary surrender records. You should also ask for references from other property owners and building managers. This is necessary to ensure that you are working with a licensed and reputable plumbing professional.
The LMP should inspect the gas piping system in each non-tenant space and provide a report to the owner within 30 days of the inspection. The report must contain all the conditions observed during the inspection. The LMP must also test public spaces, hallways, corridors and mechanical and boiler rooms that contain gas piping or gas utilization equipment with a portable combustible gas detector to determine if there is any leakage of gas.
After conducting the inspection, the LMP must submit a GPS2 to the Department of Buildings (DOB) through its online certification submission portal. The GPS2 must be signed and sealed by the LMP who conducted or supervised the inspection.
After filing the GPS2, the building owner has 60 days to complete any repairs and file another GPS2 with DOB. If the repairs cannot be completed in the allotted time, you can request an extension for up to 180 days from the DOB. This is understandable in the current climate of supply chain delays, parts shortages, difficulty finding workers and unpredictable Covid surges. It is therefore imperative that you talk to your plumber or boiler specialist and set up a timeline for the repairs. This will ensure that your building can pass the Local Law 152 inspection and receive a valid GPS1 from the DOB.
A gas explosion due to poorly welded Consolidated Edison pipes leveled two buildings in in 2014 and injured dozens of people. This disaster and others like it led to a package of local laws aimed at improving building safety. One of these, known as Local Law 152 of 2016, requires periodic inspections of exposed gas piping in all buildings except those classified as occupancy group R-3. The law also stipulates that those inspections must be conducted by a licensed master plumber or an individual working under the supervision of an LMP.
When an LMP conducts a gas piping inspection in your building, they will prepare a report called the GPS1 Gas Piping Periodic Inspection Report and send it to you within 30 days of the inspection date. This report will list any unsafe conditions found that need to be corrected. It will also note the date of the next scheduled inspection under LL152.
Then, 60 days after the GPS1 report is sent to you, the LMP must file a certification with the city Department of Buildings, called the GPS2 Gas Piping System Periodic Inspection Certification. This must be completed and signed by the same licensed master plumber who conducted the inspection (or a different one working under their supervision).
If your GPS2 report shows that your building has any unresolved issues, you have 120 days to make the required repairs. If this is not sufficient time, you can request an extension up to 180 days. All repairs must follow DOB code regulations and be done with a permit.
The DOB’s online portal makes it easy for your LMP to submit these reports. Before you choose a licensed plumber for this process, be sure to check their DOB record using the License Search tool. This will let you know if they have any disciplinary action against them or voluntary surrender records. You can also use the DOB’s online Knowledge Base to get tips on finding a good LMP for your inspection and other plumbing work. DOB records also include an online schedule that organizes inspections by district, so be sure to find out which one covers your building.
Corrosion of gas line plumbing can lead to leaks that can threaten the safety of building occupants. In order to prevent this, proper maintenance including regular inspections must be performed by trained gas pipe plumbers. This will allow them to spot areas where corrosion is causing damage and prevent it from progressing into dangerous leaks that can affect everyone’s lives.
To inspect a gas pipeline, technicians must use a variety of tools. Some of the most common methods include magnetic flux leakage (MFL) and ultrasonic testing (UT). Using these tools allows technicians to look inside of pipes and find any issues that may be causing problems, such as fatigue or corrosion. These tools also help to detect if there is any lateral movement of the pipe.
Another important aspect of gas piping maintenance is to ensure that the gas pipes are constructed from materials that can withstand the stresses that the lines will be subjected to. This means that the gas pipes should be constructed from metals such as galvanized steel and black iron. In addition, they should be installed by a licensed master plumber who has the knowledge to do so properly.
The Department of Buildings has made it mandatory that buildings undergo a regular gas pipe inspection. This process is known as Local Law 152, and it requires that every exposed gas pipe in a building be inspected at least once every five years by a licensed master plumber. The inspections are intended to protect residents from deadly gas explosions that have occurred in the past.
During a gas pipe inspection, the inspector will examine your building for signs of hazardous conditions. If they do spot any issues, they will report them to the owner and the utility company right away. The owner then has 120 days to complete any necessary repairs. This includes submitting a Certificate of Correction signed and sealed by the LMP.
If you own a commercial or residential building in Districts 1, 3, and 10, the date for your next gas piping inspection is rapidly approaching. It is best to contact a qualified gas piping plumber as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. They will be busy towards the end of the year, and you want to make sure that your inspection is done in a timely manner.