Sunnyvale - Fast Water Heater Company for the Finest Service
Fast Water Heater Company serves Sunnyvale and out skirting areas. We provide same day installation whether your water heater is Solar, Tank or Tankless. Our local number is 408-475-9116
We service all the major water heater brands. It is helpful if you have the model and serial number of your water heater handy when you call.
You Can Reach Us During Normal Business Hours:
If you are having problems with your water heater or need a new water heater Contact us today:
Or locally at: 408-837-0059
Our website at: www.fastwaterheater.com/contact.asp
The city of Sunnyvale requires a permit for installation of new water heaters. We will apply for the permit, or you may obtain it yourself. We ensure your water heater is connected the same day no matter who gets the permit. Once you have the permit (which we can send to you if we apply for it), make arrangements right away for an inspector to come and assess the installation.
Information for Sunnyvale permitting is found at: http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/
Code Enforcement in Sunnyvale
When installing your water heater, we are legally obliged to do a site survey and inform you whether your water heater compliant, or not, with the California Plumbing Code.
Approved Location – Regulations state that most water heaters cannot be located in areas such as closets, bathrooms or bedrooms (unless it’s used exclusively for the water heater). This prevents accidents as well as human contact with slight amounts of CO (Carbon Monoxide) that escapes from gas heater vents. Sunnyvale enforces this regulation.
Earthquake Straps –Water heaters require certified earthquake straps on the bottom and top thirds of your water heater. Sunnyvale enforces this regulation for your safety.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To prevent accidental scalding while the P&T drain is discharging, the CA Plumbing Code requires your P&T relief to be run to the exterior. Sunnyvale currently enforces this. In cases where piping to the exterior is not possible, Sunnyvale will not allow the use of a Watts 210 valve as a substitute to draining to the exterior.
Dedicated Water Shutoff – If yourwater heater needs servicing a dedicated water shutoff allows you to turn the water to the water heater off without having to turn off the water to the rest of the house. This code item is actively enforced in Sunnyvale.
Pipe Insulation – Pipes located in unconditioned space are required to be insulated in Sunnyvale.
Bonding – Your gas and water pipes are required to be grounded by the California Electric Code. Bonding the pipes with 6 awg wire and clamps effectively grounds all the pipes. This is a requirement because plumbing is regularly built near electrical wiring. If the wires degrade, they could energize your pipes. Inspectors in Sunnyvale are currently requiring this.Sediment Traps – Sediment traps are found on gas lines running to your water heater. The trap catches moisture and debris that gets into the line preventing it from entering the combustion chamber of the water heater. Currently, Sunnyvale actively enforces this.
Items Not Currently Being Enforced by Sunnyvale
At times we perform certain work in your home that the inspector believes was unnecessary. Our list is updated regularly, but we always advise you to discuss requirements with your technician who has the most recently updated information. The items listed below are required by code, but are often not enforced:
Pressure Regulating Valves – While we are replacing your water heater, we test your water pressure as well. Water pressure at 80 PSI or higher is required to have a regulator. High water pressure may damages you fixtures, appliances, and even the water heater. We will let you know if you have high water pressure to allow you to decide on your options. Sunnyvale inspectors do not usually test for this and the requirement is not presently enforced.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – While doing the inspection of your water heater, we will recommend replacement if we find a grease pack valve. As grease pack valves are well-known for failure they are no longer approved by the California Plumbing Code. Sunnyvale is currently not enforcing this item.Expansion Tanks - The California Plumbing Code requires expansion tanks for a “closed system”. This is a plumbing system that has a backflow preventer between your home and water main. When water is heated it expands by approximately 2% which can cause pressure build-up, with a rapid drop in pressure when you turn on a faucet. This causes wear and tear on your plumbing, as well as the fixtures and water heater. Expansion tanks are recommended on closed systems and we strongly recommend you install one if your plumbing system is closed. We have removed a large number of tanks in the Sunnyvale area due to early failure. Sunnyvale doesn’t enforce this code.