Opinion | Moving to Ohio? Plumbing Isn’t the Same in the Cold

Opinion | Moving to Ohio? Plumbing Isn’t the Same in the Cold

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Don’t let opposition to state licensing overwhelm good logic.

Haley Holik and Michael Greibrok make one good point in “Moving to Ohio Doesn’t Make You a Bad Plumber” (Cross Country, Jan. 14): 269 days to obtain a plumber’s license is unreasonable. But the authors’ enthusiasm to argue against state licensing overwhelms good logic.

Plumbers in tropical climates generally ignore freezing hazards. Plumbers from Florida, for example, may be unfamiliar with the steps required to prevent pipe freezing in Ohio’s ground, exterior walls, crawl spaces or attics. Plumbing in tropical climates typically enters the structure above the soil line; in Ohio, it must be below the soil line to prevent freezing. Preventing water and insect ingress at points of entry requires knowledge. The citizens of Ohio have an interest in ensuring their plumbers and other tradesmen know how to practice safely in Ohio.