ROCKWALL, Texas, Sept. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brennen Teel Foundation, alongside home inspectors and their representatives testified in numerous TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) and Inspector Advisory meetings pleading for awareness of CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) to the unknowing 10,000,000 homeowners throughout the United States.
TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) exists to safeguard the public interest and protect consumers of real estate services. In accord with state and federal laws the agency oversees real estate brokerage, appraisal, inspection, home warranty, right-of-way services and timeshare interest providers. Through education, licensing and regulation, the agency ensures the availability of qualified and ethical service providers, thereby facilitating economic growth and opportunity across Texas.
Effective September 1st, The Commission adopted a new Property Inspection Report Form (REI 7--5) at its May meeting. Language was added to the "Consumer Notice Concerning Hazards or Deficiencies" section of the form to notify consumers about potential hazards regarding lack of bonding on gas piping, including corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). Inspectors have been able to use this new form on a voluntary basis since its adoption; however inspectors are required to use the form for all inspections conducted on or after September 1, 2015. This notice is found in the Property Inspection Report on page 2 of the preamble and TREC Form No. OP-I.
Ken and Becky Teel, the parents of Brennen Chase Teel, created the foundation in Brennen's name to raise awareness and tackle safety issues presented by the presence of CSST in homes. Brennen was killed on August 24, 2012 as a result of a Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) failure in a home where the installation was "proper" according to the product manufacturer. The failure was lightning induced. Similar failures are occurring all over the United States threatening lives and homes.
Founders of the Brennen Teel Foundation Ken and Becky Teel: "We feel the focus of this notice is misplaced on bonding or lack of bonding vs. CSST. This notification is misleading the homeowner into believing their home is safe with bonding. The home Brennen was visiting was bonded per the manufacturers specification and bonding did not work. However, the mention of CSST in the inspection report is a step forward in our mission to educate and build awareness of CSST dangers. Now, we will focus on another entity."
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