Texas plumbing board set to be abolished in 2020 without safety

Texas plumbing board set to be abolished in 2020 without safety net in place

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners is set to be abolished September 1, 2020. 

The state agency is responsible for licensing plumbers and enforcing plumbing law, but lawmakers twice failed to pass legislation that would have kept it going. 

Lowery Plumbing Operations Manager Mark Branscome said this could have a domino effect on public safety. 

"The deregulation really inhibits the ability of a consumer to have trust and faith in those people working in their homes," Branscome said.

The legislature twice failed to extend the agency this session.

Branscome said he was stunned when a deal was not done, and that unlicensed work will create a significant unknown factor in homes.

"That could put them in real danger because there are many things that we take for granted in homes. Water heaters, venting, gas, sewers, all those types of things that are standard in homes today, but we don't realize codes and enforcement got us to where we are today safely," Branscome said.

If these regulations on the Texas plumbing industry indeed disappear, Branscome said trust will be the most important safety component because of the lack of code enforcement.

"We don't know what the future holds after September 1, but we need to take practical precautions, responsible, reasonable precautions as consumers to make sure who we have in our home is somebody we can trust," Branscome said.

The board is calling for Gov. Abbott to hold a special session to find a resolution. 

Without the state code, regulation will likely return to cities and municipalities.

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