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Wet Winterizations in MA - Need to be done by a plumber?

I'm just wondering what the reason is for the fuss behind doing a wet winterization here in MA. I used to do Fannie and they didn't allow us to perform them and the same goes for a couple of other clients I service. However I did just have someone ask if I could perform one (private customer).

I've searched and couldn't find any information on whether or not it was a law that a licensed plumber needed to perform it. Does anyone know for sure?

I'm a licensed HIC here in MA but that's the only license I hold and don't want to be doing them if I shouldn't be.
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I've searched and couldn't find any information on whether or not it was a law that a licensed plumber needed to perform it. Does anyone know for sure?
I would think that you could call the plumbers union or the State licensing department.
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I'll be contacting them on Monday morning unless I can find out for sure before then. Unfortunately it was both a holiday and after business hours yesterday when I was asked.
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new here trying to leave a question. who turns the water on in vacant foreclosures, or how to turn it on when owner has it set with the water company to not allow anyone to have it connected
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In case anyone was curious, anyone can do a wet winterization as long as they aren't making physical changes to the heating or plumbing system.

Of course, it helps if you know what you're doing so there isn't any damage when everything is turned back on.
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new here trying to leave a question. who turns the water on in vacant foreclosures, or how to turn it on when owner has it set with the water company to not allow anyone to have it connected
I'd say it depends first on whether the property has been foreclosed on or is still in preforeclosure. If the property is REO then then it would be whoever now owns the property or their agent. If it is in preforeclosure then it may depend on your state's laws regarding these types of matters. Until the property is taken from the owner, it's still rightfully theirs (or that's how it has always appeared from my standpoint).
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Ive been doing winterizations in Mass for over 9 years now. FNMA just has there own plumbers do wints because there was so many issues arising with having contractors do them. I used to be an employee years ago with AMS, and they had FNMA in Mass that's how I started, and they had guys doing wints without Air compressors it was a nightmare. But, yeah... you do not have to be a licensed plumber to perform a wint in mass, but any repairs to system you do. I am a licensed HIC and CSL as well.
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Right. Mainly because some (read most) of the "contractors" doing wints on wet systems really have no freaking clue what they're doing and the boiler systems were blowing up. Same FNMA situation here in Michigan.

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Right. Mainly because some (read most) of the "contractors" doing wints on wet systems really have no freaking clue what they're doing and the boiler systems were blowing up. Same FNMA situation here in Michigan.
No one knows how to winterize in my state either, what a joke. I see hysterical winterizations out there
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Ive been doing winterizations in Mass for over 9 years now. FNMA just has there own plumbers do wints because there was so many issues arising with having contractors do them. I used to be an employee years ago with AMS, and they had FNMA in Mass that's how I started, and they had guys doing wints without Air compressors it was a nightmare. But, yeah... you do not have to be a licensed plumber to perform a wint in mass, but any repairs to system you do. I am a licensed HIC and CSL as well.
FNMA has the brokers ordering plumbers to do the wet wints due to the incompetence of the field service companies. That my friend is funny !!
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