Master Plumbers pipe up for Habitat for Humanity

BUSINESS. Local Master Plumbers volunteered to install plumbing for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity housing in Hopatcong.

16 Sep 2019 | 02:12

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 members of the The Sussex County Master Plumbers Association, the local chapter of the NJ State League of Master Plumbers, volunteered for the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) by installing piping for a house in Hopatcong.

“One of the members helped us on last year's project in Franklin,” said Ken Landrud, SCHFH's Board President and site manager. “He got the Plumbers Association involved because he thought it would be a good fit.”

The plumbers installed the rough interior plumbing so the building could be sheet rocked.

“All the pipes in the wall were covered with sheet rock and will need to be inspected before covering it up.” Landrud said. “The plumbers part was to ready the pipe work for inspection, and they were able to finish in one day.”

The Sussex County Habitat of Humanity is currently looking for another site to begin another house.

“Several churches, schools, organizations and individuals have volunteered in the past,” Landrud said. “We plan a fund raiser 5K race with the town of Ogdensburg called the Miners’ Race in June 2020.”

SCHFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation and around the world.

“We invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need,” Landrud said.

“The NJ State League of Master Plumbers is the largest league in the nation,” said Dimitri Checkur, a member of the organization. “It's our privilege to help out with this project and others in the future for Habitat for Humanity.”

The Master Plumbers meet on the third Thursday of the month at Bella Italia Restaurant on Route 206 South in Newton. For further information, visit: To learn more about Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, visit: