Recent Los Angeles earthquake activity raises water heater strap bracing concerns among homeowners.
Are you prepared?
When was the last time you performed a water heater strap bracing inspection? Is your water heater properly braced, anchored or strapped from falling over in a Los Angeles earthquake?
How do you know if your water heater strap kit currently meets all the safety requirements in accordance with Section 19211 of the Los Angeles Health and Safety Code?
When 3.0 or greater magnitude earthquakes occur in Los Angeles, we experience a sharp increase in phone calls from homeowners asking us questions about water heater strapping. This was especially apparent on Friday March 28, 2014 when a 5.1 magnitude Los Angeles earthquake struck near La Habra, followed by a 3.8 magnitude aftershock the next morning.
They ask us to identify any weaknesses in how their water heater is secured. A toppled water heater can cause additional damage, like flooding from a broken water pipe, or fire from a broken gas line. Such preventative maintenance is recommended. Just consider the costs to replace a water heater and clean up a room damaged by fire or water.
How much does a water heater strap bracing inspection cost?
Pricing starts at $150 but can exceed $350 or more depending on any of the following conditions:
- Where your water heater is located (e.g. adjacent to a straight wall or room corner, or in an unusual location like an attic).
- How your water heater is resting (e.g. against a stud, drywall, plaster, concrete, or raised on a platform).
- Whether your water heater has an insulation blanket.
- Whether code-compliant flexible connectors are required between your water heater and any water, gas, and electrical lines.
- If your water heater exceeds the typical 30-75 gallon capacity.
How long does water heater strap bracing installation last?
Completion installation time usually lasts 1 hour but can take up to 4 hours or more depending whether we need to move the water heater.