Omnia Mechanical Group

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-534-2500

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Tips for Prevention and Safety of Plumbing Systems

Chances are, if you own or manage a rental property in New York City, you will have to tend to plumbing issues at some point. While the experts here at Sanitary Plumbing are always happy to come help you out, we understand it’s sometimes more efficient to do your own plumbing repairs. To make repairs and troubleshooting easier for you, we’ve put together our top plumbing safety tips. Look them over so you can fix your pipes without worrying about getting hurt or damaging your property. Make sure to share these tips with your building staff so everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety.

Shut Off the Water Supply

Close distribution locally or at the building entry

Many property owners forget that shutting off the water supply to the pipes or fixtures being repaired is one of your first steps with any plumbing job. You may also need to drain the remaining water once the water source has been turned off.

Whenever possible, try to shut off the water only where you’ll be working so there is a minimum of disruption to tenants. Sometimes, though, this isn’t feasible. You may need to turn the water off for a large area of the building or the entire property. In that case, unless it’s an emergency, notify tenants in advance. Try to plan your repairs for a time that will have the least impact on occupants.

Keep the Work Area Safe from Falls

Watch out for slips and trips

Wet floors are a real danger for both professional plumbers and do-it-yourselfers alike. You can minimize the risk of slip-and-fall injuries by taking a couple of precautions in advance:

  • Keep floors as dry as possible while you work, wiping up spills as you go.
  • Lay down slip-proof rubber matting on floors like linoleum, tile, or hardwood, which tend to get slick with even the slightest amount of water.
  • Remove throw rugs, bath mats, and other floor coverings that don’t need to be there.
  • Keep tools and parts out of the way and to the side so they don’t get stepped on or become tripping hazards.
  • Wear rubber-soled shoes or boots while working.

Dress Appropriately for the Job

Provide proper protection from head to toe

Rubber footwear is just one clothing item that should be routine when you are doing plumbing chores. You should also always cover your hands with gloves and your eyes with goggles. Doing this protects you from splashes with hazardous materials, from home drain cleaners tenants may have used to human waste.

Depending on your job, you may also wish to wear coveralls for larger exposure. If there’s a chance you could be working with anything harmful to the lungs, such as asbestos, wear the appropriate mask and be sure to follow the building code regarding working with and disposing of hazardous materials. You may need a special container for certain waste, and it may not be able to go in your regular trash.

Be Aware of Other Nearby Hazards

Practice responsible workplace safety

Working on plumbing often involves being in the proximity of other building hazards, such as electricity, motors, pumps, boilers, and hot radiators. Be aware that you may need to take separate precautions around these components. You should also know where they are.

For example, if there is water leaking during an emergency repair for a broken pipe, the electricity will have to be shut off as well. You may need special gloves and heat-protective gear when working near a commercial boiler. The gas should be shut off when doing repairs on a water heater.

Don’t Avoid Regular Maintenance

Prevent catastrophic plumbing problems

There’s a lot of wisdom in the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You can avoid costly, time-consuming, headache-filled plumbing issues by conducting regular maintenance, including:

  • Performing seasonal checks on equipment, such as before and after heat season (radiators, boilers, cooling towers, etc.)
  • Using leak detection devices to prevent burst pipes
  • Insulating pipes in danger of freezing
  • Inspecting pipes for damage, corrosion, and mineral scale buildup
  • Replacing old pipes before they stop functioning
  • Being on the lookout for sewer leaks
  • Instructing tenants on what constitutes a problem worth notifying you about (running toilet, dripping tap, leaking water, clogged drain, etc.)

Know Your Limits

Call the pros when it’s out of your wheelhouse

Not every plumbing job is a DIY repair. We don’t pretend to know how to run rental properties, nor do we expect you to know how to fix every plumbing problem. Sometimes, there are jobs that are simply out of your area of expertise. That’s when it’s smart to call the experts and hand the job off to them.

We have the equipment to diagnose and repair things the average property owner does not.

If you aren’t sure how to approach a plumbing job on your property, or if you find yourself in over your head once you start, Sanitary Plumbing would be pleased to lend a hand. Call us today at 212-734-5000, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment to discuss your next project.


Our Privacy Policy

Omnia Mechanical Group(the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of Sanitaryplumbing.com.

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of Antler.nyc (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with Antler.nyc). We may collect and store the following personal information:

  • Name, email, address, telephone number, and (depending on the service used), move-in dates;
  • Transactional information (such as lease terms, lease parties);
  • Computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, and traffic to and from the Website; and
  • Other information, including IP address and other web log information.

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
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  • Protect the Company against error and fraud;
  • Inform you of special promotions and announcements;
  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with Sanitaryplumbing.com.

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

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The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Antler Pump & Motor Corporation, we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

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The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

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13. Privacy Policy Questions & Concerns

Questions and/or concerns regarding the Policy should be emailed to the following email address: info@omniagroup.nyc.