Issues With Plumbing In NYC

NYC is a crazy place, especially as it relates to plumbing.  The issues that arise in NYC are quite different from the issues that arise most anywhere else in the country.  The vertical buildings compactly placed into a small, dense area make for special challenges as they relate to plumbing.  What exactly are those challenges?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  I will run through them here.

Shared Space

Generally, people live in apartment buildings in NYC.  You might get lucky and find a town home in Brooklyn, but generally the calls that you receive will be in a big apartment building.  The problem arises when you get a call from just one tenant in the building.  You aren’t sure if it is a problem that is systemic to the entire building or to just the unit of the tenant who called you.  You have to first make that assessment.  If it’s then a problem with the entire building, then there are going to be a host of other issues that you will have to deal with.


Because of the vertical building structure, there just so happen to be more emergency phone calls than normal as in other cities.  That’s just the nature of being in New York City.  As a result, you have to make yourself available to respond quickly to phone calls in emergency situations.

Older Plumbing

NYC is an older city.  Places in the South that didn’t develop until the past 20 years have much more modern plumbing systems.  As a result, it is a bit more difficult to manage through the Manhattan plumbing systems than it is to manage the systems of any other city.

New York has a number of challenges.  This is especially true with plumbing as well.

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