6 Water Heater Install Questions For Your Plumber

Your water heater finally sees its final day, and it’s officially ready for the recycle yard. You did your research, took your time and made a wise purchase on your hot water heater. You even upgraded to the 50-gallon heater because it only cost a few extra bucks. The energy guide label means it will make a big difference in your energy bill. Now it’s time to get it installed. Have your questions ready for your plumbing company.  

Earthquake Straps

Do you install earthquake straps on all water heaters? California is renowned for earthquakes. Keeping your family safe in the event of a natural disaster should be priority one. Installation must include straps on the top and bottom third of the water heater storage tank.  

High Water Pressure

Ask your plumbing company to check your water pressure. While the high water pressure may feel good, it is not suitable for pipes, plumbing fixtures, appliances. That also includes your water heater. The recommended pounds per inch (PSI) is between 45 to 85. If your water pressure exceeds 80 PSI, ask your plumbing company to install a pressure regulator to alleviate the stress put on your plumbing system.

Drain and Drip Pan

Does your plumber install a water drip pan and drain under your heater?  It is required to have a drip pan and drain installed under your new hot water heater. If your water heater was to leak, it could cause significant damage to the surrounding area.
Shut Off Valve

Shut Off Valve

The dedicated water shut off valve is required. This allows the homeowner to shut off water to the tank when they deem necessary. It also gives the homeowner the convenience of turning the water off at the storage tank versus the house shut off valve.


Ask your plumbing company if they insulate the first five feet of hot and cold water pipes. California plumbing code requires that the pipes are insulated to help improve energy efficiency.

Properly Vented

California code requires that water heaters must be adequately vented from carbon monoxide emissions. Carbon monoxide can be deadly. Additionally, any water heater that uses natural gas or propane needs venting, and that includes tankless heaters. California code also requires the placement of a gas water heater to a specified area.

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