The Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors of Long Island is entering its 78th year as an organization of
professional licensed master plumbers heating contractors and cooling
contractors operating within Long Island. Membership consists of
established businessmen who recognize the advantages of membership in a
professional organization which represents the PHCC industry.
President's Message: April 2017
Spring is in the air and I just returned from the driving range. No, it's not May it’s the first week of April and another warm winter seems to be in the rear-view mirror. For those of us who rely on heating calls, broken boilers and frozen pipes to earn a living, the weather is not cooperating. It's a challenge to sell new boilers with 60 degree days in the forecast. It's even more challenging when other contractors, whose phone is also quiet, drop their prices to ridiculous numbers. These jobs are very often done without permits or inspections and are usually void of something required by law. Chimney liners, combustion air and carbon monoxide alarms are a requirement, nonnegotiable.Read MoreApr 4, 2017
As an association, we must put pressure on the building departments to enforce penalties for unlicensed contractors and unpermitted work. I can't be more clear on this subject. The PERMIT and INSPECTIONS process is the ONLY thing protecting our businesses. Too often town and village building departments are unwilling to penalize for fear of expensive lawsuit battles. If the law states only a licensed plumber can perform such work, why can't penalties be enforced?