Water heater earthquake straps are pivotal for providing a safety net in case of earthquake or natural disaster. They keep a water heater in its place when there is a disruptive power at work like an earthquake, hurricane, or tornado. Earthquake straps are required by code in many counties and it is important to ensure that your home or business is equipped with the proper material straps and installed in the appropriate manner.
So what are they made of? Well, the water heater earthquake straps that are up to code are made of galvanized steel. These straps are then bolted to the studs in the wall for a secure fit. Afterward, the straps are then tightened to stabilize the water heater in the event of any affecting violent movement.
The damage done from an overturned water heater can be extensive. Besides usually ripping out gas and water lines, a water heater can flood a good part of your home because of the amount of water it stores. This can lead to drywall repair, carpet repair, plumbing installations, and even a new water heater itself. That all can add up pretty quickly. That is why many counties have created mandatory safety features to be installed on water heaters in a manner appropriate to their code. This has led to fewer property damage claims and safer environments for residents.
The thing to keep in mind is that a water heater is not really safe from naturally caused incidents such as earthquakes without these straps in place. If you want your home to be safe, protected in case of earthquake, and hence gain peace of mind about your water heater, call us at Inland Empire Plumbing today and we’ll ensure that you are set up for success.
Water heater earthquake strap installations for water heaters that are already in place are minimally invasive. Our experience plumbers at Inland Empire Plumbing begin by taking an assessment of your specific water heater and its location.
For earthquake strap installation, plumbers must take into account not just the size and type of the water heater, but also where it is located (whether it be the garage or a hidden closet) and how the connections have been set up. Straps have a specific way they must be installed to be legal, and the plumber must find a solid backing to bolt the straps to. Our Inland Empire Plumbing crew will take the time and precautions necessary to ensure your water heater has the appropriate strapping and is installed safely, securely, and without incident.
For installations of earthquake straps in homes under construction, it can be easier for our plumbers because the studs are easy to find and there is usually not a lot in the way so they can do their work. If you are remodelling or building a new home, make sure to call us at Inland Empire Plumbing to install your water heater earthquake straps before you complete your construction.