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

Currently, Everett 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, Everett 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 local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Codes – Everett, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Everett

Earthquake Straps: Installing a strap on the upper 1/3 and lower 1/3 of the water heater will prevent it from moving during an earthquake. This is required by Uniform Plumbing Code and is strictly enforced by Everett city inspectors.

Expansion Tanks: An expansion tank is required if a plumbing system is closed. A home in on a closed system if there is a backflow prevention valve, or a one-way valve on the main water line. This prevents water from flowing back to the city supply. When water is heated, it starts to expand, which causes a rise in water pressure. The increased pressure must dissipate. If there is nowhere for the pressure to go, it places extra stress and strain on your water heater and your home’s plumbing system. Increased pressure will shorten the life of your water heater. However, expansion tanks provide relief from this excess water pressure and, therefore, Everett’s inspectors do enforce their installation.

Approved Location: Electric water heaters can be placed virtually anywhere in the home. However, gas water heaters cannot. One of the products of combusted natural gas is carbon monoxide, which is a lethal. It is illegal to put in a gas water heater in a small, frequently used space such as a bedroom or bathroom closet. The only exception to this code is a direct vent style (or power-direct vent) water heater. Bellevue inspectors are very strict in enforcing this rule.

Pans and Drains: Some water heaters are placed inside or on a platform, which can lead to problems caused by leaking. This can prevented by installing a pan, joined to a drain line, underneath the heater. The Uniform Plumbing Code asks for this and this is usually enforced by Everett inspectors.

Venting: Everett’s inspectors insist that your water heater is properly vented. Natural gas water heaters create carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. It is critical that this aspect of the installation not be overlooked and Everett inspectors are very good about ensuring that the venting system has been properly installed.

Bonding: Gas and water pipes have to be bound with wire and clamps and thus grounded. When pipes are next to electrical wires, it is possible that the pipes can be become dangerously energized as a result of failing to ground your pipes. This is outlined in the Electrical Code and is generally enforced in Olympia.

Pressure Regulating Valves: As previously mentioned, extreme water pressure can ruin your plumbing system and water heater. Thus, according to the code, you have to include a pressure regulator in the installation process, if your water is over PSI 80. We will definitely measure your PSI when we visit and let you know whether or not we recommend purchasing a regulator.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Unfortunately, greasepack valves are prone to leaking natural gas and tend to fail. If your system has this style of gas valve, we will strongly suggest that you replace it.

Sediment Traps: Everett maintains that you protect your heater’s combustion chamber by putting a trap for sediment on your water heater’s gas line. This filters out any debris and will prolong the life of the gas control valve and burner assembly.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: If you need to shut down your water heater, but do not want to disturb water delivery to the rest of your home, then it is essential that we install a shutoff valve that operates exclusively for the water heater. Everett inspectors commonly enforce this requirement.

Pipe Insulation: If your pipes are situated in a place that is not heated, then it is required that you have them insulated. This helps to reduce heat loss and creates a more efficient system.