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

Currently, Auburn 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, Auburn 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 – Auburn, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Auburn

Approved Location: Carbon monoxide, which can occasionally leak from water heaters in tiny amounts can be hazardous. Auburn City insists that your water heater be placed in a suitable location. Generally, they must not be found inside closets, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Earthquake Straps: Washington is known to be located inside an earthquake zone, so it is very important that your water heater remains stable. Auburn’s inspectors will definitely check to make sure that you keep it in place with earthquake straps. They must be on the bottom third and the top third of your heater.

Expansion Tanks: Both the Uniform Plumbing Code and the jurisdiction of Auburn enforce that, if you have a closed plumbing system, you must use an expansion tanks. This is because closed systems, which block any back-flow between your home and the mains, can lead to increased water pressure. Hot water expands, intensifying pressure, which is released suddenly when your taps are turned on. These quick, dramatic shifts can ultimately inflict damage on your plumbing and on your water heater.

Venting: Any water heater that is not vented correctly creates the risk of carbon monoxide leaks.
This is very dangerous, as carbon monoxide can kill people, so Auburn’s inspectors are meticulous in inspecting venting. Venting should be made of non-flammable substances and should be sufficient in size.

Pans & Drains: In some houses, water heaters are situated in an inside location where leaks might do damage or on a raised section. Heaters in such a position should have pans beneath them, with drain lines attached. This is outlined in the Uniform Plumbing Code.

Pressure Regulating Valves: If the water pressure in your system becomes too extreme, as in greater than PSI 80, it can mean damage to your plumbing and to your heater. The Code therefore states that, in cases when the PSI is higher than 80, it is imperative to have valves that regulate pressure. When our technicians come to see your residence, they will find out the level of your PSI and advise you on whether or not you require valves to regulate water pressure.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Our technicians will advise you to have your greasepack gas valves replaced, as they have a strong tendency to break down.

Bonding: When the gas and water pipes and electrical wires are in close proximity, it is essential that all pipes are covered with clamps and wire and grounded. This requirement is stated in the Electrical Code.

Sediment Traps: Your combustion chamber can be negatively affected if sediment is able to go into it. Thus, the inspectors employed by Auburn City will ensure that you include a sediment trap on your gas line.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: There are often times when you need to close down the water heater, but still need to access the water supply that services your home. Therefore, Auburn’s inspectors insist that your water heater has its own water shutoff.

Pipe Insulation: You should insulate your pipes if they are to be found in a space that is yet to be conditioned.