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

Currently, in Bothell, a permit is required 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, Bothell 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 cringe 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 Code – Bothell, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Bothell

Approved Location: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of heating your hot water with a natural gas water heater. As this is a deadly, noxious gas, we must be sure that install your new water heater in an approved location. It is illegal to put in a gas water heater in bedrooms or bathrooms, or even closets in these rooms. The only exception to this code is a direct vent style (or power-direct vent) water heater. Bothell inspectors are very strict in enforcing this rule.

Earthquake Straps:Uniform Plumbing Code requires the installation of earthquake straps in Washington. We can strap your water heater at the upper 1/3 and lower 1/3 of the tank to prevent your water heater from moving or falling over in the event of an earthquake. The inspectors of Bothell will be sure to check that you are meeting this requirement.

Venting: Natural gas combustion, which creates carbon monoxide, is one of the most critical components to ensure the installation is done properly. You certainly do not want any carbon monoxide to reach you or your family members, so you must ensure that your water heater has a suitable venting system. These vents should be made of the proper material and keep specific clearances from combustible materials. This is commonly enforced in Bothell.

Pans & Pan Drain Lines: You are expected to place a pan, linked to an effective drain line, underneath your water heater if it is positioned on a platform or in an internal area where spills might inflict damage. This code is generally enforced by Bothell inspectors.

Pressure Regulating Valves (PRV): Devices that regulate pressure play an important role in preventing damage to your water heater and your plumbing. This is particularly the case if the pressure in your house is 80 PSI or higher. When we work with you, we take care to measure your PSI carefully and will definitely tell you whether or not you should install a regulator. A PRV can help prolong the life of your water heater and protect your home’s plumbing and fixtures.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Greasepack gas valves have proved, on a fairly consistent basis, to work poorly, so it is now a regulation that they be replaced.

Bonding: Electrical lines may come in contact with your plumbing in your home. If this happens, the water lines in the home can become energized. To prevent this, code calls for the hot and cold water lines to be grounded. This is commonly enforced in Bothell.

Sediment Traps: Bothell’s inspectors will check that you have sediment trap attached to your system, in order to prevent sediment from going into your combustion chamber.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: Uniform Plumbing Code requires that a dedicated shut off valve be installed for the water heater. This way, if you need to service your water heater, you do not have to turn off the water to your home entirely. Bothell’s inspectors see to it that this item is installed.

Pipe Insulation: Pipes in spaces that are yet to be conditioned should definitely be insulated.