California Water Heater Strapping

STRAPPING REQUIREMENTS FOR Water Heaters

CITY OF SAN DIEGO PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT REVIEW DEPARTMENT

INSPECTION SERVICES: 9601 RIDGEHAVEN CT. SUITE 220, SAN DIEGO, CA 92123 Call (858) 492-5070 for information and (858) 581-7111 to schedule inspections.

INFORMATION

BULLETIN 207

APRIL 1999

The State of California requires that all water heat- one-third of the water heater. Fasten of the anchor or ers in our area be anchored or strapped to resist move- strap to the structure, use a screw not less than 1/4” ment during an earthquake. This can be accomplished diameter with a minimum penetration of ll/2” into a by installing any of the over-the-counter products es- wood stud of the wall, with a washer between the pecially made for restraining water heaters (example head of the screw and the restraint.

1) or you can make your own out of a heavy-duty Below are examples of acceptable methods for remetal strap material (Example 2). straining a water heater.

It is required that at least two restraints are used, Note: A plumbing and gas permit is required any with one in the upper one-third and one in the lower time a water heater is replaced.

This information is available on alternative formats for persons with disabilities. To request this bulletin in alternative format, call (619) 446-5446 or (800) 735-2929 (TT).

DS-5207 (Rev. 4-99)

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