Abbott, TSBPE announce 500 additional licensees to assist Texans with plumbing repairs

Protecting your pipes
Posted at 5:38 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 11:38:50-05

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSPBE) announced that the board has identified an additional 500 licensees, as of Sunday, who are capable of performing plumbing under general supervision.

These additional licensees have been identified through previously granted waivers to increase the availability of plumbers and Plumber's Apprentices to repair burst pipes as the state recovers from the winter storm, according to Gov. Abbott.

"Thank you to our plumbers and other utility professional that have stepped up to serve their fellow Texans as we recover from the severe winter weather," said Governor Abbott. "We will continue to cut red tape and ensure that Texans have access to the resources they need to quickly repair their homes and put our state on a path to recovery."

On Saturday, Governor Abbott waived certain regulations for certain registered and qualified Plumber's Apprentices in Texas.

These waivers allow a Plumber’s Apprentice, who has met all other qualifications, to temporarily perform plumbing repairs without 'direct' supervision by a licensed plumber so long as the qualified Plumber’s Apprentice works under the general supervision of a responsible master plumber.

Many across Texas are dealing with plumbing issues after the historic winter storm last week caused frozen pipes state-wide.