We are pleased to announce the State has hired additional contract workers to perform plumbing inspections.
Earlier we reported that we were conducting discussions with the State to head off a possible economic slowdown of plumbing inspections at new home projects. As we had reported, State inspections for residential plumbing in Kent and Sussex Counties has been feared to be slowing down due to various reasons including inspector retirements, looming medical outages, etc.
The two new contract workers began making inspections early last week. Hopefully this will provide immediate relief and help alleviate any potential inspection slowdown.
HBADE early on saw this coming as a problem for our industry and initiated meetings with the State officials that oversee the inspection process in Kent and Sussex Counties. Fortunately the State has been quite responsive and will be providing immediate relief by contracting several positions, with an eye to meet with us next month to explore long term solutions.
As you can imagine, a slowdown in plumbing inspections would have significant harm to the housing industry. Work on new homes would come to a halt until the inspections are made, causing a domino effect to other trades, new home settlements, inconvenience to new home buyers, the buyer’s buyers if applicable, moving companies, etc.
In addition, HBADE has a meeting next week with State officials to further discuss this issue. We will keep our members updated; but if any plumbers or home builders with projects in Kent County or Sussex County are finding inspection slowdowns, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org