Fremont- Get Top Quality Service with Fast Water Heater Company
Fast Water Heater Company services Fremont and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for a tank, tankless or solar water heater, we provide same-day installation. Our local number in Fremont and surrounding area is 510-585-4048.
We service all major brands of water heaters. We would appreciate your having the serial number and model of your water heater ready when you call.
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Whether you are looking for a new water heater or service on your present water heater, contact us today:
Or locally at: East Bay – 510-374-4401
Our website at: www.fastwaterheater.com/contact.asp
The City of Fremont requires a permit for a water heater replacement. We can get the permit or you can obtain it yourself – The Water Heater Will Still Be Installed The Same Day!!
Code Enforcement in Fremont
As part of the water heater installation requirement, we are obligated to do a site survey. We will let you know of any areas where your water heater does not comply with the California Plumbing Code. Usually we get the replacement permit for you (some customers choose to get it themselves), and pass it on to you, allowing you to arrange an inspector for the installation.
We have found that enforcement of items required by the California Plumbing Code vary appreciably from city-to-city and often from inspector-to-inspector. Many ‘required’ items by the California Plumbing Code are not ‘enforced’ by the inspector or local authority. Our licensed contractors inform our customers of the ‘requirements’ by the California Plumbing Code which may not be ‘enforced’ by the inspector or your jurisdiction. This will allow you to make effective decisions about the work that will be done.
In Fremont, the following list of items is usually strictly enforced. We have recent information, but the installer always has the most up-to-date particulars.
Approved Location - Generally, water heaters cannot be located in bedrooms, bathrooms or closets (unless the closet is used only for the water heater). This requirement is to avoid accidents and to prevent human contact with minor amounts of CO (carbon monoxide) that discharge from a gas water heater vent. This is currently enforced in Fremont.
Earthquake Straps – Earthquake straps on water heaters are a requirement as California is an earthquake zone. The straps must go on the top third and bottom third of the water tank. This is enforced by most inspectors in Fremont for your protection.
Venting – If you have a gas combustion water heater it must be vented properly. This type of water heater generates carbon monoxide (CO) which is part of the combustion process. The vent size must be adequate for the size of water heater you have. If the vent is composed of a substance that heats up, there must be sufficient clearance from flammable or combustible surfaces. This regulation is enforced by Fremont.
Pans and Drains – If your water heater is sitting on a built-in platform or located in the interior where there is a chance that damage from leaking could occur, you are required to have a pan placed under the water heater with an attached drain line running to the exterior. This is a CA plumbing code requirement which Fremont will enforce.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – ACalifornia Plumbing Code requirement is that the P&T relief drain is run to the exterior. This will avert the possibility of scalding if someone walks too close to the water heater during the discharging of the pressure and temperature relief drain. Fremont currently enforces this. As well, in some cases, where it is not possible to pipe to the exterior, Fremont permits a Watts 210 valve as a substitute. There are also some cases, if a drain already exists, where the city will allow piping the P&T to a garage floor.Dedicated Water Shutoff – The CA Plumbing Code requires a dedicated water shutoff to be installed on the water heater. If the water tank must be shut down for service, the rest of your home will still have water. This code item is actively enforced by Fremont.
Pipe Insulation – Anypipes which are exposed in unconditioned space must be insulated. This is enforced in Fremont.
Bonding – A requirement by the California Electric Code states that all gas and water pipes be grounded. All pipes can be correctly grounded using 6 awg wire and clamps. This is a requirement because plumbing located close to electrical wiring may energize your pipes. Fremont Inspectors currently require this.
Items Not Currently Being Enforced by Fremon
Following are items considered as requirements by California State Code. However, Fremont does not regularly enforce them. Certain repairs done when installing your water heater may be classified as unnecessary by your inspector. Although we try to keep abreast of the code enforcements, the technician almost always has the most updated information. Following are items required by CA Plumbing code, but often not enforced by the inspectors in Fremont:
Pressure Regulating Valves – When replacing your water heater, we always test your water pressure as well. If it is over 80 PSI, by Code you are required to install a pressure regulating valve to reduce water pressure. High water pressure raises the possibility of damage to fixtures and appliances as well as the water heater. We find that Fremont inspectors often don’t test nor enforce this requirement of the California Plumbing Code. Expansion Tanks - Expansion tanks are required for a ‘closed’ plumbing system. A closed system has a backflow preventer between the house and water main. When heated, water expands by approximately 2% with the possibility of causing pressure in your system. A rapid drop in pressure occurs when faucets are turned on. This can cause extra wear on your plumbing and fixtures and lead to water heater failure. Expansion tanks are required by the California Plumbing Code to protect your system. It is strongly recommended if you have a closed system. At the present time, Fremont is not actively enforcing this code.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – During your water heater inspection we will also inspect the dedicated gas valve to the tank. We will recommend a replacement if we find grease pack valve which is not approved by the California Plumbing Code. Fremont is not currently enforcing this item.
Sediment Traps – Sediment traps catch moisture and rubble in your gas line, preventing it from getting into the combustion chamber of the water heater. Currently, this is not actively enforced in Fremont.