City of University Park Texas Water Heater Requirements
Effective September 2007, the Texas State Legislature enacted into the Plumbing License Law additional wording to specifically include water heaters in their list of plumbing fixtures, required by law, to have a plumbing permit issued prior to installation. In addition, the law provides that such installations be done according to current codes by a University Park licensed master plumber and inspected by a licensed plumbing inspector.
City of University Park Texas Water Heater Requirements: (Updated 08/09/2013
University Park TX follows the 2009 International Residential and Plumbing Code. Local amendments listed: Water heaters installed above ground or floor. When the attic, roof, mezzanine or platform in which a water heater is installed is more than eight (8) feet above the ground or floor level, it shall be made accessible by a stairway or permanent ladder fastened to the building. Exception: a max 10 gallon water heater (or larger with approval) is capable of being accessed through a lay-in ceiling and a water heater is installed not more than ten (10) feet above the ground or floor level and may be reached with a portable ladder. Whenever the mezzanine or platform is not adequately lighted or access to a receptacle outlet is not obtainable from the main level, lighting and a receptacle outlet shall be provided in accordance with Section 502.3.1.
Section 504.6 is changed to read as follows: Requirements for discharge pipe: The discharge piping serving a pressure-relief valve, temperature relief valve or combinations valve shall: not be directly connected to the drainage system. Discharge through an air gap located in the same room as the water heater. Not be smaller than the diameter of the outlet of the valve served and shall discharge full size to the air gap. Serve a single relief device and shall not connect to piping serving any other relief device or equipment (exception: Multiple relief devices may be installed to a single T & P discharge piping system when approved by the administrative authority and permitted by the manufactures installation instructions and installed with those instructions). Discharge to an indirect waste receptor or to the outdoors. Where discharging to the outdoors in areas subject to freezing, discharge piping shall be first piped to an indirect waste receptor through an air gap located in a conditioned area. Discharge in a manner that does not cause personal injury or structural damage. Discharge to a termination point that is readily observable by the building occupants. Not be trapped. Be installed to flow by gravity. Not terminate more than 6 inches above the floor or waste receptor. Not have a threaded connection at the end of the piping. Not have valves or tee fittings. Be constructed of those materials listed in Section 605.4 or materials tested, rated and approved for such use in accordance with ASME A112.4.1.
Emergency Drain Pans are only required on the interior of the home. All water heaters located in the garage must be elevated 18 inches above the floor.
Electric water heaters require a quick disconnect if the Electric Panel is not within sight of the water heater.
All gas water heaters require the installation of a gas sediment trap. Double wall vent pipe is required.
City of University Park TX Building Inspections 214-987-5411
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