You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Torrance?”
Currently, Torrance 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, Torrance water heater plumbing codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While they 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 Torrance installer can answer any specific questions you have.
Approved Location – Most types of hot water heaters cannot be located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless the closet is used solely for the water heater). This prevents accidents and avoids human contact with the small amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that spill from gas heater vents. Torrance currently enforces this.
Earthquake Straps – California is an earthquake zone and regulations are required for everyone’s safety. Hot water heaters must have certified earthquake straps – one on the top third of the tank and one on the bottom third of the tank. Inspectors in Torrance enforce this regulation.
Pans and Drains – A water heater positioned in an interior location or on a built-in platform could cause damage from leakage. The CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the hot water heater with a drain line to the exterior. Torrance enforces this requirement.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) – The California Plumbing Code requires your P&T drain be run to the exterior to prevent accidental scalding while the pressure and temperature relief is discharging. Torrance currently enforces this.
Dedicated Water Shutoff – A dedicated water shutoff is required for hot water heaters. This allows water to the water heater to be shut off for servicing, while water to the rest of the house is still available. Torrance enforces this code item.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – During the inspection of your hot water heater, we will inspect the dedicated gas valve to the tank. If we find that it is a grease pack valve we will recommend replacement. Grease pack gas valves have high failure rates and are not approved for use by the CA Plumbing Code. This code is currently enforced in Torrance.