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Date set for end of plumbing regulations in Texas

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Plumbers in Texas may soon be unregulated. (KTEN) Plumbers in Texas may soon be unregulated. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Following a legislative impasse, the future of the licensing and regulation of Texas plumbers is uncertain.

"We've got a great big problem," said Johnny Allen, owner of Allen's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Denison.

That's because it will soon be possible for anyone to legally say they are a plumber in Texas.

"We don't need people like that out there," Allen said. "It's the old saying, 'One bad apple spoils the bunch."

On September 1, the agencies responsible for licensing plumbers and enforcing state code will disband, removing away any accountability that's already in place.

"The last thing we really want is just a bunch of people out there doing plumbing that doesn't have a license and ... nobody has nowhere to go for any recourse if they're mistreated," Allen said.

But that's only one reason to be concerned. According to Allen, employing someone who might not have proper training is a huge safety risk.

"You'd be surprised how many times that I have been told that someone without a license came to their house to remodel their bathroom and did the plumbing work underneath it and half-did it and left it undone completely," he said. 

That's why Allen said he hopes lawmakers will reconvene before September 1 and continue to require that all Texas plumbers be licensed.

"Do you really want someone out there who doesn't have a license for that type of work?" he asked.

KTEN reached out to the governor's office for comment, but we did not get a reply on Monday.

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