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You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Antioch?”

Currently, Antioch does require a permit for a water heater installation. The good news is we can pull the permit for you, and it will not slow down any work on our end.

Every few years, Antioch water heater codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While intended to increase your overall home safety, these code requirements can result in extra installation charges.

Some customers scoff at the idea of paying for a permit for a water heater replacement, but the fact of the matter is water heaters can be dangerous if not installed correctly. In fact, water heaters cause more property damage than any other home appliance. And if the unit is not installed to code by a licensed professional and causes damage, your home insurance could reject any claims. That’s why we put a premium on safety and doing everything by the book.

Your expert technician will go over an item-by-item checklist of all applicable safety codes needed for your installation prior to any work being completed, or cost to you.

We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but your local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Antioch, CA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Antioch

Approved Location – Most water heaters cannot be located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless used solely for the water heater). This CA Plumbing regulation is in place to avoid accidents and prevent human contact with Carbon Monoxide (CO) that spills from gas heater vents in small amounts. Antioch currently enforces this.

Earthquake Straps – Water heaters must have earthquake straps on the top third, as well as the bottom third, of the tank. This is a California Plumbing Code requirement which is enforced for your safety in the city of Antioch.

Venting – Proper venting is required for gas combustion water heaters. This type of water heater emits carbon monoxide (CO) as part of the combustion process. The water heater size will ascertain the vent size. If the venting material tends to get hot, you must ensure there is adequate clearance from any combustible/flammable area. Currently, Antioch actively enforces this.

Pans and Drains – The CA Plumbing Code requires that a pan be placed under your water heater if it is situated in an interior location or located on a built in platform. Potential damage could occur through leakage; therefore a drain line must be attached to the pan and run to the exterior. In most cases this drain is required by Antioch.

Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To avoid accidental scalding while the P&T discharges, the CA Plumbing Code requires the P&T drain be run to the exterior. This requirement is enforced by Antioch.

Dedicated Water Shutoff – The purpose of a dedicated water shutoff is to enable your home to have running water while the water to your water tank is turned off while the tank is being serviced. This is enforced by Antioch.

Pipe Insulation – Pipes that are not insulated but are exposed to unconditioned space are required to be insulated. This is presently enforced in Antioch.

Bonding – As the California Electric Code requires that your water and gas pipes are grounded you can successfully ground all the pipes by bonding them with 6 awg wire and clamps. This regulation is required because often the plumbing is built near electrical wiring which could deteriorate and energize your pipes. Inspectors in Antioch currently enforce this.

Sediment Traps – Sediment traps are found on gas lines running to your water heater. The trap catches moisture and debris and prevents it from entering the combustion chamber of the water heater. Antioch presently enforces this.