Every year, water heaters are installed by unlicensed handymen or homeowners, often without proper city permits and inspections. Unpermitted and improperly installed water heaters may cause flooding, fire, and even death.

Using a state-licensed plumbing contractor for your water heater installation is the first step in assuring potential installation dangers are avoided. Plus, you’ll want to be sure that your water heater will operate efficiently and safely for its life. Jim Schlachter, our Building Inspector, is a master licensed plumber and plumbing inspector who will perform your inspection once the water heater is installed. He is trained to look for installation deficiencies and code violations.

Jim will ensure none of the dangers commonly overlooked by handymen or homeowners when installing water heaters are present, such as:

  • Clearances to combustible surfaces. Water heater fires are caused by having this heat source too close to combustibles.
  • Gas leaks from improperly installed gas lines. Connections and even old gas cocks can cause fires and explosions. Some old brass gas flex lines are prone to cracking when disconnected and reconnected.
  • Improperly sized or old venting. CO gas is colorless, odorless, and can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, flu like symptoms, fatigue and even death.
  • Temperature/pressure release valve. Valves open to relieve pressure when something goes wrong. Without this valve, pressure would build inside the water heater until it eventually explodes.

A properly installed water heater can provide years of efficient and reliable hot water for your household while an improperly installed water heater poses a risk to your property and to the safety of your family.

For more information regarding water heater installation and inspection, contact Jim Schlachter of the Building Inspection Department at 972-780-4940.

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