About Joseph L. Balkan, Inc.

Balkan Plumbing (Joseph L. Balkan, Inc.) is the largest family owned sewer and water main company in NYC. We offer an exclusive Ten Year Unconditional Guarantee*, are licensed, bonded, and insured. Experience the ‘Balkan Difference‘. Learn more about Balkan Company History, Checklist & Comparison, President’s Message, Services FAQ, Job Referral Coupon, Staff Employment. For all your sub-surface plumbing needs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx, contact Balkan Plumbing today.

The More You Know About Us, The Better We Look

Operating for over 60 years running, Balkan is a 24/7/365, one-stop-shop for all your sub-surface needs. As a family run business, our quality of work, professional service and our guarantee means your next sewer and water main repair is done right the first time.

History & Legacy

History of Balkan Plumbing.

In 1952 Joseph L. Balkan was trying to decide whether to leave a secure, lifetime job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard or to pursue a profession in plumbing. [more]

Checklist & Comparison

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Review the Balkan Plumbing customer checklist and compare our best-of-breed services to the competition. [more]

President’s Message

Owners of Balkan Plumbing.

We show up as promised, complete work on schedule, secure all required NYC DEP, DOB and DOT permits, and adhere to the quoted price. [more]

Resources & FAQ


Get answers to your frequently asked questions about sewer and water main services including sewer lining repair requirements. [more]

Job Referral Coupon

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We offer incentives to our valued Clients. A recommendation to a Neighbor that hires us will result in a $50.00 gift certificate. [more]



If you are interested in joining a leader in our industry, then become a part of our team and grow along with an equal opportunity employer. [more]

Balkan Plumbing Ten Year Unconditional Guarantee

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Balkan Crew’s Perform Sewer Repair All Night

*We unconditionally guarantee sewer and water service line replacements for a period of ten years. We guarantee you are not left with a sinkhole in your roadway or cracked cement as a reminder of the job – All cement and roadway restorations are guaranteed for three years. Our quality assurance personnel oversee every aspect of our operation.

Excellence is not an accident, it is a company-wide dedication to integrity, service, and quality. Your satisfaction as a customer is our priority. We ensure that work orders are competitively priced utilizing our ‘uniform pricing policy’. Installations are completed when promised and as promised. All customer concerns are addressed promptly before, during, and after the work is done. As a matter of fact our reputation is based as much upon customer care after we leave the site as when we’re on the site. And with our next-day paving and cement crews, restoring disturbed areas is never a concern.

When questions arise, for any reason, our office staff is knowledgeable, courteous, and available 12 hours a day. A representative is always available for after hour or weekend assistance. When needed, a principal of the company is always on hand with their over 60 years of combined experience.

Over 60 Years of Caring, The Balkan Difference

NYC PlumberPeople frequently think that because a pipe gets buried that how it was installed or the quality of the pipe itself doesn’t matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. An underground plumbing installation should last for decades, on average over a half century! That is due to strict code regulations, NYC DEP inspection procedures, and the integrity of the licensed contractor that performs the installation.

Code requirements – K type copper is required for all water line installations up to 2″ in diameter. Approved brass fittings must be used to connect the copper. Balkan uses domestic K copper exclusively, never imported copper. In addition brass fittings are used the meet or exceed all code requirements.

Even though various materials are permitted for house sewer work, such as PVC and imported cast iron pipe Balkan uses domestic extra heavy cast iron sewer pipe exclusively. All fittings are likewise domestically produced with the appropriate gaskets.

The inspection process – The NYC DEP requires that all house sewer work be inspected by one of their field inspectors. All water services larger than 2″ or for fire protection are likewise required to be inspected. Balkan carefully arranges for all required inspections on a daily basis. A certificate if inspection is your assurance of a job well-done.

Underground plumbing installations – Water line and sewer line installations are subject to harsh conditions – unlike what may be expected. A buried service line is subject to ground shifting as weather conditions change, as they frequently do in NYC. In addition there can be settlement if the sub-base is not compacted properly. Because there are so many old and multiple utilities under the city streets excavations are commonplace and damage can occur.

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Paul R. Balkan, Pres. Joseph L Balkan, Inc.

Because of these issues Balkan takes special care to install water service lines at a minimum of 3 1/2′ deep. If obstructions such as other utilities prevent this Balkan will carefully insulate the service and then cover it with approved steel plating. All installations are carefully supported – They are then backfilled and compacted while overseen by a trained compaction technician. Our 10 year unconditioned guarantee* on replacements means strict quality control.

There is a ‘Balkan Difference’ – A company wide dedication to service and integrity in our dealing with our clients. Excellence is not by accident.

Contact Sewer services & Water main services via our 24/7 online form or call us at (718) 849-0900, a representative is awaiting your call.

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Balkan Plumbing is the largest sewer and water main company in NYC. For over 60 years, our family's 10 year guarantee* means we stand by our work long after the job is done. For sewer and water main issues throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx contact Joseph L. Balkan, Inc. today for 24/7/365 service. Paul R. Balkan, NYC Licensed Master Plumber 01281

Ph: (718) 849-0900 | Espanol (718) 943-5720 | Fx: (718) 849-9570