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Bringing Your Home Up To Code

Jun 20, 2014 | Buying a Home, Electrical Safety, Older Homes, Residential Electricity

At times, building codes can seem like a hassle that only create more work. But the truth is that these codes are put into place to keep us safe. Just like how a poorly formed foundation can cause massive damage to your home, cutting corners in electrical wiring could cost you your entire house. Whether you’ve purchased a new home, are trying to sell your existing home, or you just don’t know, its a good idea to bring your home up to the electrical code.

Target Critical Areas

The best way to start bringing your home up to code is to target critical areas. These are places that see heavy electrical usage and potentially hazardous situations. Areas such as bathrooms and kitchen are very important to have up to standards. In the bathroom moisture can eat corrode wires and outlets which can cause electrocution. The kitchen also uses the largest, energy using appliances in your home. These outlets should be safe and grounded; if they are not, it can cause fatal injury.

In addition to these locations, there are several other places that should be targeted:

  • Wiring – Older homes may use aluminum wiring that will need to be updated.
  • Main Electrical PanelElectrical panels can be added onto and updated over the years. If these updates are not done properly you can experience a number of problems throughout your home.
  • Home Additions – Rooms that are added onto a home after the original plans can harbour potential electrical issues. New wiring should be added onto to circuits and the electrical panel properly.

Get An Expert Electrical Inspection

The best way to ensure that your home is up to code is to have a home inspection by a professional. With the long list of potential problems, only a professional can identify the work that needs to be completed. Especially when buying and selling a home, it is important to bring it up to code.

If you need to bring your home up to code contact your local Expert Electric. We will inspect your home and advise you on corrections that need to be made in order to bring the home up to code. We can perform any fixes you require to pass an electrical inspection and that your family is safe.