Three Water Heater Regulations You Should Never Ignore
Installing a water heater is a task that should be done by professionals. Besides running the risk of personal injury and/or property damage from improper installation, Salt Lake City water heater installations must also meet specific guidelines set forth by federal and state building codes.
If you don't meet these guidelines, you could be fined and/or forced to have your water heater professionally reinstalled at your own expense. Below is a list of the most important regulations that should never be ignored.
Regulations require the use of safety devices such as a T&P (temperature and pressure) release valve and safety cutoff switch (or a way to disconnect the water heater from the power source in an emergency) on all water heaters. All safety devices will bear the label of an approved safety agency (such as United Laboratories), must be set to activate at no greater than 210 degrees Fahrenheit or 99 degrees Celsius, and must conform to ANSI Z21.22 standards.
This regulation is in place as a safety precaution. If your water heater's safety devices fail, there's a chance that the heater could either explode or fly through your roof, causing serious injury, death, and/or property damage. It is also recommended that you have your water heater's safety devices checked by a licensed professional at least once a year to ensure they are in good working order.
Water Heater Installation
Federal law requires that water heaters are installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. This includes installation of the water heater, safety devices, and surrounding plumbing, and have your water heater professionally checked at least once a year. Improper installation and neglect are two of the leading causes of catastrophic failure in water heaters. Catastrophic failures can cause personal injury and/or death to yourself or others.
Use of Seismic Supports, Where Applicable
In earthquake-prone areas, seismic supports need to be installed according to the International Building Code. Earthquakes can cause hot water tanks to rupture, causing severe injury.
You should never try to install a hot water heater yourself if you don't know what you're doing. Not only is it unsafe to do so, but it can also cost you serious time and money. Please make safety your number one priority as a Salt Lake City homeowner.
Have your hot water tank professionally installed. Licensed plumbers know Federal, State, and Local building codes to ensure maximum safety and compliance. Hiring a professional will save you both time and money in the long run.
Any hold-ups regarding your Salt Lake City, UT water heater? Call Valley Plumbing at 801-487-4770 today for any of your repair or maintenance requests.