It might seem easy to add new electrical outlets in your home, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind for safety reasons. After all, the last thing you want is to end up with faulty outlets that will not only damage your appliances but also put your household at risk.
In this post, our electrical contractors at Bailey and Shipp Electric share some pointers when adding new outlets:
Identify the Outlet Type
One of the biggest factors to consider is the outlet type. You can choose standard 120V types, 2-prong or 3-prong outlets, a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles, floor outlets, or hardwired smart outlets. Each type varies in cost and has different uses in different locations. For instance, GFCI receptacles are ideal for areas near water or moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchen sinks.
Before you proceed with the installation, be sure to ask for advice from our electrician. Our team can provide exact specifications on the type of electrical outlet you need.
Comply With Your Area’s Electrical Code
Yes, electrical code compliance is necessary. Electrical codes may vary per location, but most electricians refer to the National Electric Code (NEC). Some codes apply to specific areas while others apply to the entire house. In most cases, old wiring doesn’t need to comply with electrical codes as long as no safety risks arise, but new wiring for outlets need to be compliant to local codes.
Our team is always up-to-date with code requirements to ensure every home remodel wiring service is compliant. We make it a priority to train our technicians in all codes and regulations.
Don’t risk it with a DIY project—let our commercial electrical contractors handle it. Call Bailey & Shipp Electric at (410) 457-3507. We proudly serve customers in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.