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

Currently, Kent 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, Kent 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 – Kent, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Kent

Approved Location: You may well have heard about the dangers of carbon monoxide, a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas, which can be very harmful to human beings. It can cause sickness and, in severe cases, death. If a water heater is in an inadequate or inappropriate space, such as a wardrobe, bedroom or bathroom, carbon monoxide leaks can be a big risk. With your health in mind, Kent’s inspectors enforce that your water heater be positioned in a suitable place.

Earthquake Straps: The state of Washington is susceptible to earthquakes, so earthquake straps, attached to the top third and bottom third of your water heater, must be in place. Most of Kent’s inspectors will insist on this.

Expansion Tanks: In a closed plumbing system, back-flow between the residence and the main water supply is prevented. The Uniform Plumbing Code’s regulations state that, if this is the case, you must purchase an expansion tank. This is because a closed system involves high levels of pressure. Heating the water causes it to expand and turning on the faucet causes pressure to drop dramatically. All of this can harm your plumbing and potentially destroy your water heater’s ability to function. As a result, Kent’s inspectors demand that this rule be followed.

Venting: As mentioned before, carbon monoxide is a potentially lethal gas, which is produced by the gas combustion mechanism that drives many water heaters. Thus, the inspectors of Kent will make sure that your water heater is vented in an appropriate manner.

Pans and Drains: Pans, linked with drain lines, must be put beneath any water heater that is inside or on a platform. Both the Uniform Plumbing Code and Kent’s inspectors ask for this regulation.

Pressure Regulating Valves: When we come to your place, we will check out your PSI and, if it is over 80, then it is imperative that you have valves to regulate pressure installed. High water pressure can do copious amounts of damage, but these valves are designed to prevent this.

Grease-pack Gas Valve Replacement: If we discover that your gas valves are grease-pack in style, then we will ask that you agree to have them replaced. Greasepack valves often do not function properly.

Bonding: In order to prevent the energizing that can sometimes be the result of your water pipes and electrical wires being too close together, you must have your pipes grounded, which is achieved by binding them with wire and clamps. This rule is stated in the Electrical Code and enforced by Kent.

Sediment Traps: If sediment reaches the combustion chamber of your water heater, you can experience a myriad of problems. You need to have a sediment trap put on your gas line. This regulation is strictly enforced by Kent.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: Kent’s inspectors check that you have a water shutoff, committed exclusively to your water heater. This means that you can switch off your heater and still have access your normal water flow.

Pipe Insulation: Pipes that are located in an area that has not been conditioned should always be insulated.