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

Currently, Federal Way rquires 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, Federal Way 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 – Federal Way, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Federal Way

Approved Location: Most of the time, it is prohibited to have a water heater installed in a bathroom, wardrobe or bedroom. This protects against accidents and prevents individuals from the trace amounts of carbon monoxide that can occasionally leak from the vents in water heaters. Inspectors in Federal Way pay attention to enforcing this rule.

Earthquake Straps: All water heaters in Washington are expected to be secured with earthquake straps. This is because Washington State is situated in a known earthquake zone. Most of the time, Federal Way’s inspectors will see to it that this regulation is followed.

Venting: It is very important that water heaters are vented correctly. Most water heaters run on gas combustion and thus the generation of carbon monoxide is an outcome of their operation. This rule is avidly enforced in Federal Way.

Pans and Drains: The plumbing code states that any water heaters found on a platform or in a place indoors where leaking might lead to damage should have a pan under them, with a line to enable draining attached.

Pressure Regulating Valves: High water pressure in plumbing systems must always be regulated, to avoid potential damage. When we come to your residence, we will be sure to evaluate your PSI and, if it exceeds 80, then we will be likely to recommend that you consider a regulating device.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Gas valves of the greasepack variety are known to malfunction, so, when we visit your home, we will check what type of valve you have installed. Those that are greasepack in style will have to be replaced.

Bonding: When electrical wiring and plumbing pipes are near each other, problems, such as energizing, can occur easily. So we will take the time to cover your pipes with clamps and appropriate wire, to make sure that they are grounded.

Sediment Traps: Federal Way inspectors take the time to check whether or not you have a trap for sediment, to stop it from running into your water heater’s combustion chamber.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: If your water heater has a shut off independent of that of your home’s general water supply, then you can easily close down your water heater while still enjoying the convenience of running water. Federal Way sees this regulation as sufficiently important to insist that it is obeyed.

Pipe Insulation: Insulation must protect any pipes that are in a space that lacks conditioning.