Q: Last month I had a new water heater installed in my house. At the bottom of the bill from my plumber was a $10 charge for a city license. I just wanted to know: What city license is required when a water heater is installed, and what is the money used for?
A: Gene Shaughnessy, the city's chief building inspector, said the $10 charge is for a permit that helps pay for city inspection of water heater installations. If a home owner is charged the fee and has not had a city inspector examine the work, he or she should call the inspector's office at 832-3100. Inspectors look at the gas lines, the pressure relief valve and the flu. The flu prevents potentially fatal carbon monoxide from accumulating in the household, he said.