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

Currently, Fairfield 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, Fairfield water heater codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While designed 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 Fairfield installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Fairfield, CA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Fairfield

Approved Location – The CA Plumbing Code Regulations prevent most gas water heaters from being located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless sole use). This regulation prevents human contact with the small amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) released from gas water heater vents and the possibility of accidents. This is presently enforced by Fairfield.

Earthquake Straps – California is an earthquake zone which requires some regulations for everyone’s safety. Water heaters are required to have certified earthquake straps on the top and bottom thirds of the tank. Most inspectors in Fairfield enforce this regulation.

Venting – Gas combustion water heaters will generate carbon monoxide and require venting. The size of the vent is established by the size of the water heater. If there are any flammable or combustible surfaces nearby, you need ample clearance from the vent if the vent material tends to get hot. Currently Fairfield is enforcing this.

Pans and Drains – If water heaters are located on a built-in platform or an inside location they could cause water damage through leakage. As prevention, the CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the tank with a drain line that runs to the exterior. Fairfield requires the drain line to run to the exterior.

Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – The CA Plumbing Code requires the P&T relief drain to be run to the exterior. This requirement is in place to prevent accidental scalding when the P&T relief is discharging. At present it is being enforced by Fairfield.

Dedicated Water Shutoff – A dedicated water shutoff ensures water to the house while water to your water tank can be shut off to have the tank serviced. Fairfield enforces this item.

Pipe Insulation – Un-insulated pipes are required to be insulated if they are exposed in unconditioned space. This is a requirement of the CA Plumbing Code and is enforced in Fairfield.

Bonding – If there is plumbing near the electrical wiring, your gas and water pipes must be grounded. By bonding the pipes with 6 awg wire and clamps, you will have successfully grounded all the pipes. This will prevent degraded wires from energizing your pipes which could lead to a dangerous situation. Inspectors in Fairfield are currently enforcing this requirement.

Sediment Traps – The sediment trap located on the gas line running to your water heater is intended to catch debris and moisture in your gas line and stop it from entering the combustion chamber of the water heater. This is currently enforced by Fairfield.