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Licensed Master Plumber Serving Collin, Grayson, Fannin, Dallas And Rockwall Counties

214-881-5419

Med Gas Plumbing

(COMING SOON -> INTENDED DATE OF SERVICE MAY 2019)

Med Gas Plumbing For Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Rockwall, Denton And Other North Texas Counties

(214) 881-5419

 

Starting in the early summer 2019, we intend to be able to offer this service to hospitals and other medical facilities in the North Texas area including Dallas, Collin, Denton, Grayson, Rockwall and Fannin Counties.

Medical (Med) gas plumbing is a very specific service requiring additional certification from the State of Texas’ State Board of Plumbing Examiners.   According to the Examiners’ website (click here):

 

Eligibility Requirements

Medical Gas Piping Installation
You may take the Medical Gas Piping Installation Endorsement Examination if:

* you are currently licensed as a Master Plumber, Journeyman Plumber, or Plumbing Inspector in Texas; and
* you have completed a 24-hour training course approved by the TSBPE.

Scope of Work Permitted

Medical Gas Piping Installation
A Journeyman or Master Plumber who holds a Medical Gas Piping Installation Endorsement may install piping used solely to transport gases for medical purposes under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber who also holds the endorsement. A Plumbing Inspector who holds a Medical Gas Piping Installation Endorsement may inspect installations of medical gas vacuum piping.

PLEASE NOTE: The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers a national accreditation for Medical Gas Verifiers. The TSBPE does not regulate Medical Gas Verifiers. ASSE also offers accreditation for Medical Gas Installers, and Medical Gas Maintenance. Neither of these accreditations is recognized in Texas.

 

Here is some of the wording about this from another state website page (click here):

Texas Administrative Code

TITLE 25 HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1 DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 131 FREESTANDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FACILITIES
SUBCHAPTER G PHYSICAL PLANT AND CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS
RULE §131.143 Construction Requirements for a New Facility

(h) Piping systems and plumbing fixture requirements. All piping systems and plumbing fixtures shall be designed and installed in accordance with the requirements of the National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated published by the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC), 2003 edition, and this paragraph. The National Standard Plumbing Code may be obtained by writing or calling the PHCC at the following address or telephone number: Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, P.O. Box 6808, Falls Church, Virginia 22046; telephone (800) 533-7694.   (1) Piping systems.     (A) Water supply piping systems. Water service pipe to point of entrance to the building shall be brass pipe, copper tube (not less than type M when buried directly), copper pipe, cast iron water pipe, galvanized steel pipe, or approved plastic pipe. Domestic water distribution system piping within buildings shall be brass pipe, copper pipe, copper tube, or galvanized steel pipe. Piping systems shall be designed to supply water at sufficient pressure to operate all fixtures and equipment during maximum demand.       (i) Each water service main, branch main, riser, and branch to a group of fixtures shall be equipped with accessible and readily identifiable shutoff valves. Stop valves shall be provided at each fixture.       (ii) Backflow preventers (vacuum breakers) shall be installed on hose bibs, laboratory sinks, janitor sinks, bedpan flushing attachments, and all other fixtures to which hoses or tubing can be attached. Connections to high hazard sources, e.g., X-ray film processors, shall be from a cold water hose bib through a reduced pressure principle type backflow preventer (RPBFP).       (iii) Flush valves installed on plumbing fixtures shall be of a quiet operating type, equipped with silencers.       (iv) Water heating equipment shall have sufficient capacity to supply water for all clinical needs based on accepted engineering practices using actual number and type of fixtures and for heating, when applicable.       (v) Hot water distribution system serving all patient care areas shall be under constant recirculation to provide continuous hot water at each hot water outlet.       (vi) Water temperatures shall be measured at hot water point of use or at the inlet to processing equipment. Hot water temperature at point of use for patients, staff, and visitors shall be in the range of 105 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.       (vii) When potable water storage tanks (hot and cold) are used, the water shall be used and replenished. Domestic water storage tank(s) shall be fabricated of corrosion-resistant metal or lined with noncorrosive material. Water shall not be stored in tanks for future use unless the water is tested weekly for contaminates/bacteria.       (viii) Purified water distribution system piping shall be task specific and include, but not necessarily be limited to, polypropylene (PP), polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe. Final installed purified water system piping assemblies shall be UL approved and fully comply with applicable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Fire Resistant/Smoke Density requirements. The applicable documents are available from ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428-2959.       (ix) Dead-end piping (risers with no flow, branches with no fixture) shall not be installed. In any renovation work, dead-end piping shall be removed. Empty risers, mains and branches installed for future use are permitted.     (B) Fire sprinkler systems. When provided, fire sprinkler systems shall comply with the requirements of NFPA 101, §9.7, Automatic Sprinklers and Other Extinguishing Equipment, and the requirements of this subparagraph. All fire sprinkler systems shall be designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2002 Edition, and shall be certified as required by §131.147(c)(1)(C) of this title (relating to Construction, Inspection, and Approval of Project).     (C) Piped nonflammable medical gas and clinical vacuum systems. Piped nonflammable medical gas and clinical vacuum system shall be designed, installed, and certified in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 99, §5.1 for Level 1 Piped Systems and the requirements of this subparagraph.       (i) Nonflammable medical gas and clinical vacuum outlets shall be provided in accordance with Table 3 of §131.148(c) of this title.       (ii) Medical gas piping systems including source tanks and related piping shall be installed only by, or under the direct supervision of, a holder of a master plumber license or a journeyman plumber license with a medical gas piping installation endorsement issued by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.