Archive for November, 2012

Working to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Bobby Bellini, President of Varsity Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

By Bobby Bellini, President of Varsity Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

We are doing everything we possibly can to help restore heat and hot water to our local residents. More than two weeks after this unprecedented storm the situation remains dire for hundreds of thousands of people in the metropolitan area facing devastating damage and still without gas, electricity, water, sewer and heat. We are continuing to add trucks and vans to our fleet and have staffed up with more technicians, phone operators and equipment. When our trucks pull up, residents are running up to us begging for service. We are there to help, and will continue to work round the clock in the face of dropping temperatures and the coming winter.

Many people don’t realize how bad it is on the South Shore of Long Island in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. Roads are covered with up to eight feet of sand, making it impossible for repair crews to reach gas lines. With darkness falling by 5 pm and temperatures dropping, people are huddled in the dark, afraid to go outside in many neighborhoods, freezing. Many people have no plumbing, no heat, no gas, no food, no water. The devastation is enormous, and many homes are beyond repair.

Don’t forget: you must act now to make your claims to FEMA and your insurance company. If your Heating Equipment was submerged with seawater, it must be completely replaced. This is also true of your outdoor Air Conditioning Condensers. A/C season may be a long way off, but you must make your claims now. Don’t leave it till next spring only to find that the equipment has seized up and is useless.

Also: If power lines or gas lines were submerged and filled with seawater, they must be dried out and blown out before the utility can turn them back on. Varsity can do the work and issue the certification that the utilities require so you can get your heat, hot water and gas restored.

We are working to help as many people as we can get their heat and power back on. Beyond that, there are the longer term needs to assess and address. Varsity can install emergency back-up generators, sump pumps and water removal equipment, boilers, and all heating, plumbing and air conditioning parts and systems. Call us today at 877-VARSITY and we’ll do everything we can to get there.

Many people don’t realize how bad it still is for hundreds of thousands of people all over the Metro area in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Varsity is trying as hard as we can to help people get their water, power and gas restored.

Varsity’s Lunch & Learn Seminars Bring Valuable Information to Your Office

Varsity’s new Lunch & Learn program brings a wealth of information right into your conference room. Whether your managers want more information about the City’s mandatory Backflow Prevention campaign, protecting the quality of your buildings’ drinking water, or increasing the efficiency and longevity of pipes, boilers, hot water heaters and other building-wide systems, we can custom design a program to meet your needs.

Over a delicious lunch, which we’ll bring right to your office, I’ll go over important life-saving, health-protecting, and money-saving issues from fire suppression to water quality to avoiding fines for non-compliance with City regulations. I’ll even explain how to reduce the cost of ordinary plumbing work like leaky faucets and running toilets.

Our Lunch & Learn program can be as brief as one hour, or can be a series of two-hour presentations to keep your managers up-to-date in the ever-changing landscape of City regulations, water conservation, and energy efficiency.

Last week in Brooklyn we presented a Lunch & Learn session to a group of managers, maintenance supervisors and maintenance staff members at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The RBSCC owns and manages over 2,000 residential units in 120 buildings throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

One of their main concerns was when to call in a Licensed professional. In many situations, their experienced maintenance crew is capable of doing the work, but the managers are aware that certain jobs require the work be done and signed-off by a Licensed Master Plumber or Fire Suppression Contractor. In making such decisions, it’s vital to consider that if a problem arises after a repair or installation is done, insurance and warranty are invalidated if the task has been done by a non-Licensed professional. This could expose owners and managers to huge expenses, which could be avoided by a simple phone to Varsity to see if the job in question can be handled in-house. While the cost of the job may be higher initially, it could save the building a lot of money in the long run.

As past President of the Master Plumbers Council of the City of New York and President of Varsity Plumbing and Heating, Inc., I have a wealth of knowledge that I want to share with property managers and building owners in our region. My father, Bob Bellini, founded Varsity Plumbing 50 years ago, and today my brothers and I strive to carry on the tradition by providing the best in plumbing services to all our customers. Recently, we partnered with Easy Water to bring more water quality products to the New York region, including under-the-counter Reverse Osmosis filtration systems, building-wide filtration systems and building-wide electronic de-scaling systems that remove minerals from your building’s water, improving the efficiency and life-expectancy of all your plumbing systems, and providing safer, better tasting drinking water.

In addition, we can give you tips on how to get the best plumbing service possible at the best rates, with the personal attention you deserve. We welcome everything from ordinary plumbing jobs like leaks to building-wide jobs like fire suppression inspections and installations.

Call or email us today to set up a Lunch & Learn presentation in your office. 877-VARSITY or


While some plumbing job can easily be done in-house, there are other tasks that require a Licensed plumber. A quick call to Varsity can save you from making the wrong decision, which could invalidate your insurance and/or warranty.

Bobby Bellini, President of Varsity Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

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