Posted by Anna on June 17, 1999 at 20:56:46:
In Reply to: Boiler Maintenance and Inspections? posted by George on June 17, 1999 at 14:39:45:
: Does anyone know where to find regulations on the landlord's responsibility regarding the maintenance and inspection of the boiler? Are there records of the inspections on file for public access?
: In our building we go through the same process every year: the boiler does not burn fuel efficiently and produces heavy soot and ash emissions about May or June (which enter through our windows, saturate the building, and make apartments filthy). We notify the super, the LL, and the EPA. The EPA issues a docket number, sends an inspector, and then the boiler gets serviced, and the soot and ash emissions stop.
: It would be nice if we could circumvent this scenario. Any suggestions?
In NYC, boilers are the responsibility of a division of the DoB: Dept of Buildings. Here is a C&P from this page of their website: http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dob/html/cbroch_1.html They will send an inspector. That would be your first or second call. There is also a possibility that your health & lives are in danger from carbon monoxide and other gases: in NYC, call Dept of Health for an inspection.
click below for access to all NYC depts...
ps: you can learn more about boilers on the web and send relevant documentss to your LL as a hint! Try searching under plumbing. Here's a starter: http://www.plumbnet.com/ there's a message board there to ask questions, answered by plumbers. And links, links, links...
As required by law, once a year all boilers, both high and low pressure, in all commercial buildings, mixed use buildings and
dwellings with six or more families, must be inspected for operational safety and to ensure compliance with the Building Code
and other regulations. Owners must certify annually to the Department that low pressure boilers have been inspected by an entity
(insurance companies, master plumbers, and the like) qualified to do so by the New York State Commissioner of Labor. Those
filing multiple boiler inspection reports can file them on computer diskette. High pressure boilers must be inspected by DOB
Boiler Division staff or a duly authorized insurance company. The Division also inspects all new boiler installations where the
Building Code mandates (except for residential buildings less than six families with input less then 350,000 BTUs and not
operating at more than 15 PSI).
As with the other inspection divisions, inspectors respond to complaints concerning boiler safety.
The Boiler Division can be reached at (212) 312-8288.
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