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Water Heaters in the Garage: If I have an existing electric or gas water heater in or accessible from the garage, must I raise it 18 inches above the floor level when it is replaced?
Yes, for gas water heaters. The open flame of the pilot light of a gas water heater is a source of ignition for flammable or combustible vapors, such as gasoline, that may have accumulated along the garage floor. The 18-inch elevation is intended to keep ignition sources above these vapors that are heavier than air and settle to the garage floor. Electric water heaters are not required by code to be elevated above the garage floor.

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1. Water Heaters in the Garage: If I have an existing electric or gas water heater in or accessible from the garage, must I raise it 18 inches above the floor level when it is replaced?
2. Common Homeowner Permits: What are some of the more common permits that homeowners should be concerned with?
3. Acquiring a Permit: How does one acquire a permit?
4. Inspections Required: When is a building inspection required?
5. Building Permits Required: Why does the City of DeSoto require building permits?
6. Construction Hours: What are the hours of work for construction?
7. Building Codes and Zoning: What is the difference between a building code and zoning?
8. Contractor Registration: Do I have to register as a contractor with the City of DeSoto?
9. Requesting a Building Inspection: How do I request a building inspection?
10. Building Codes Adopted: What building codes has the City of DeSoto adopted?
11. Certificate of Occupancy: What is a Certificate of Occupancy?
12. Certificate of Occupancy Inspections: What inspections are required for a Certificate of Occupancy?