You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Portland?”
The answer is kind of. Oregon operates under a minor label program. This means all small home improvements, such as installing a new water heater, require a minor label to be pulled. The cost is only $20, and about one-in-ten of these Portland water heater replacements is subject to a random safety inspection.
Every few years, Portland water heater codes change to incorporate new safety techniques and measures.
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.
Fortunately, you do not have to worry about the state of Oregon’s laws regarding plumbing in general. It was decided, in 2002, that, as long as you have your water heater inspected and it is judged to be safe in the eyes of the company that created it, everything is alright as far as the state of Oregon goes.
In Oregon, there are some locations that demand that you have a mechanical permit as well as a minor label one. Usually, when you have to acquire a mechanical permit, there are extra rules governing water heaters. When we come around to visit, we will let you know exactly what these extra rules involve and whether or not you have to purchase anything to follow them.
At the moment, we do not need a mechanical permit to work in Portland. A minor label permit is sufficient. Your safety, however, is our first priority, so you can rest assured we will check your vents and gas supply thoroughly. If you need to buy any equipment to ensure that these systems present no danger, in light of your new water heater being set up, then we will not hesitate to tell you. Even though Portland law states that you do not have to worry about mechanical codes in this case, the state of Oregon does demand that you meet the water heater manufacturer’s standards when it comes to vents and gas supply.
What’s more, despite the fact that the state of Oregon is not currently enforcing the code for plumbers when it comes to water heaters, we will suggest some pieces of equipment that might reduce danger to you, your family and your home. We treat all of our customers with specialized, individual attention, and we are fully aware that every house is different. We will make suggestions based on your particular situation and needs.
Whatever the law demands and whatever advice we decide to give you, we will provide you with a final quote prior to starting our job. We believe that clear communication is essential to customer satisfaction and business success.
As stated earlier, there is a chance that the state of Oregon might pull your home out of the hat, so to speak, and decide to pay a visit to check on the safety of your water heater. If that happens, they will ask one of their inspectors to get in touch with you to organize a home visit. If the inspector finds anything at all wrong with our work, then call us as soon as you can. We will be at your place in a flash, ready to sort out any issues.