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

Currently, Redmond requires 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, Redmond 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 Redmond installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Codes – Redmond, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Redmond

Approved Location: Bedrooms, bathrooms and closets are not considered to be appropriate locations for water heaters. Gas and water leaks create too much risk – the potential for dangerous accidents are possible in these places. Redmond’s inspectors will definitely check that your tank is in a suitable area.

Earthquake Straps: Being in an earthquake zone means that both Washington State and Redmond insist that your water heater is sufficiently secured with earthquake straps. The straps must be placed on the bottom third and top third of the heater.

Venting: Redmond definitely demands proper venting. This means using the adequate materials, as the proper installation adequate venting is extremely important. The reason being, the carbon monoxide produced by the gas combustion systems that run most water heaters is a dangerous byproduct.

Pans & Drains: Pans should always be situated underneath heaters that are inside or on raised sections. The purpose is to avoid water damage to the home that can be caused by leaks. These pans should be linked to a line that enables the water to drain to an approved location. This regulation is written in the Uniform Plumbing Code.

Pressure Regulating Valves: Any system with a PSI over 80 needs to be regulated with valves. This will also protect the life of the water heater. We will measure the PSI of your system when we come to see you and make appropriate recommendations.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Greasepack gas valves have the common problem of malfunctioning, so they must be replaced.

Bonding: Pipes for gas and water need to by grounded, by being insulated with wire and clamps. Otherwise, electrical hazards can be caused by the pipes and electrical wiring being near each other.

Sediment Traps: To block sediment from entering the heater’s combustion chamber, it is imperative to purchase a sediment trap. Redmond city enforces this item.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: So that you can have access to your home’s water flow, and still close down your water heater, in cases when it is necessary, it is imperative to give your water heater its own shutoff valve. This rule is enforced by Redmond’s inspectors.

Pipe Insulation: If in a space that is unconditioned, pipes must be covered in insulation materials.