With infrequently used fixtures, like a master bathtub, the trap will dry out. This happens from naturally occurring evaporation. Once the water evaporates, you no longer have a seal. Without the seal you will now have harmful and odorous sewer gases coming into the home.
According to FEMA:
- 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- The cause of many of these home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean the dryer (34 percent).
- More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.
The intent of this article is to provide homeowners a general reference for the code requirements in many areas of San Diego County. This information is for storage type water heaters only. This article does not cover all the code requirements found in the plumbing code. Most jurisdictions require obtaining a permit to replace a water heater. Be sure to check with local jurisdictions for adopted local amendments and code updates.
As a home inspector in San Diego County, I often find pull-down ladders installed in the garage without any regard for the fire separation required between the garage and living space. This is a huge safety issue, as most home fires originate in the garage. I will give you some tips on how to safely install access to the unused attic space in your garage.