Building Codes and Inspections/water heaters


Been told we have to raise the water heater off the floor and strap to be up to CA code. How high off the garage floor does it need to be and what does it have to be mounted on?

I can tell you that our own water heater was installed by Sears according to code. It is on a plywood "box" about 2 feet off the floor of the garage, and strapped to the wall. I would suggest checking for the exact code by either calling your local building department or checking with a company that installs water heaters. They should be able to tell you, but I'm pretty sure that ours is legal, and that is how and where it is mounted.

My own expertise is in ADA codes so this is just from our own experience of having a legally installed water heater in Irvine California, where I"m pretty sure the code is appropriately stringent.

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I have special expertise in the subject of accessibility codes and guidelines (ADA), and most specifically in the field of signage. If you have a question that is not about the ADA or about signs, I suggest you try the following excellent site: Naffa International BCDG (Building Code Discussion Group). The website address is You do have to register, but it's free. You will find discussions here on all kinds of Building Code Q & A topics. You go to the forum that sounds as if it's close to your topic, check out some of the posts and see if it sounds like a fit. Then pose your question. With luck, you may get some really good answers. You can email some of the experts individually by clicking on the headings of their posts. When you ask a question, of me, or of someone on the above site, tell them your state, and maybe your city if it's a large city. That is crucial for answering code questions. Sharon Toji


I am a voting delegate to the American National Standards Institute that writes accessiblity standards used by the International Building Code and are the basis for the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). I am also a member of the Access Advisory Committee to the California State Building Standards Commission, among other positions.

Signs and the ADA (a manual I have written that is used across the country), and articles in many trade journals.

BA, Reed College Graduate work, University of Munich (Germany) and University of California, Irvine

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