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

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

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Codes – Marysville, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Marysville

Approved Location: Water heaters may not be kept in particular areas, such as closets, bedrooms or bathrooms. In Marysville, inspectors survey the residence to ensure this. It is crucial that this law be followed because it stops the harm that can be caused by minuscule carbon monoxide leaks.

Earthquake Straps: Many of the inspectors working for Marysville will check that your water heater has earthquake straps. Washington is prone to earthquakes, and the disruption caused can be very hazardous when it comes to water heaters. The straps should be attached directly to the heater – on the top and bottom thirds.

Venting: The gas combustion system that drives nearly all water heaters inevitably generates carbon monoxide. To prevent the problems that might be caused by tiny leaks, all heaters need to be vented and Marysville pays heed to this.

Pans and Drains: A pan has to be put beneath a water heater that has been put on a platform or is positioned inside such that spills might do damage. The plumbing code states this.

Pressure Regulating Valves: Upon visiting, we must measure your PSI and, when it is more than 80, you will have to consider purchasing valves that regulate water pressure to protect from damage.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: You need to replace any greasepack gas valves as they do not work very well and often break down.

Bonding: Your pipes for gas and water need to be grounded to avoid problems that occur when they are near electrical wiring. The Electrical Code states this. We can do this job effectively with clamps and wire.

Sediment Traps: So that sediment cannot slip into the combustion chamber, you need to have sediment trap installed. Marysville inspectors check on this.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: You can maintain your general water supply, even when your water heater is being worked on, by obtaining a water shutoff dedicated solely to your heater. This regulation must be followed in Marysville.

Pipe Insulation: If in areas that have not been conditioned, pipes need to be insulated.

Expansion Tanks: In the rules of the Uniform Plumbing Code, expansion tanks are only required for closed systems. However, in Marysville, inspectors are insisting that they be purchased for both closed and open systems. The reason behind this, we think, is that, increasingly, plumbing systems are becoming open. They are important for closed systems because they ease off the water pressure created due to the lack of backflow between the mains and the home. Water expands when it heats, involving increased pressure, and, when the tap goes on, this pressure drops away. These dramatic alterations can put strain on your heater and your plumbing after a while.