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Importance of Electrical Code Regulations

Sunday, March 1, 2020
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Electrical codes are the guidelines electricians use to protect home-and-businessowners.  While electrical workers inspect your home or business, they are looking for certain criteria to determine what kind of work needs to be done so that safety is the top priority.  Here at Lakepointe Electric, we understand what to do to be compliant with electrical codes so that you don’t have to!

 

Take a look at our list below to get an idea of what each room requires:

 

Kitchens

 

Out of every room in the house, kitchens use the most electricity.  From electrical stoves to garbage disposals, new kitchen installations often require at least seven circuits, and often more, in order to be compliant with today’s code.  For instance, some kitchen features require their own designated 20-amp circuits (such as a stove and recessed lighting).

 

Bathrooms

 

Since the bathroom has a significantly higher presence of water, bathroom electrical circuits have stricter compliance standards.  By powering vent fans, outlets, and that superpowered hairdryer, bathrooms require at least one circuit to supply enough electricity to the room.

 

Living Rooms / Bedrooms

 

These areas use less power and electricity than other areas of the home.  Most of the time, these rooms require the standard 120-volt, 15-amp or 20-amp circuits that might be able to serve more than one room.  However, if you have several light fixtures throughout the rooms, or use a good amount of power otherwise, you may be advised to install more than one circuit.

 

Laundry Rooms

 

Laundry room electrical codes will differ based on the fact that the clothes dryer is operating with gas or electricity.  Generally, an electrical dryer will require its own 240-volt, 30-amp circuits equipped with four conductors.  This is a room, like in your kitchen and bathroom, that requires receptacles to have GFCIs (ground-fault circuit-interrupter).

 

We understand that time is of the essence.  The last thing you want is to finish an electrical project and realize that the work isn’t compliant with the regulations of your area.  This would mean that you would either need to do the project over again or hire an electrician to complete it properly.  Think about the time, money, and resources that go away… just like that!

 

This brings us to the costs that might accumulate due to these issues.  You might imagine that you’d be saving some change with an unlicensed electrician, but you might be paying for it later in case the job goes wrong.  Obviously, if this happens, you may need to have an electrician come out again to fix it, which will only keep adding costs for you.  Not to mention leaving you guessing whether your electrical work is up to code or not!

 

Most importantly, whatever you decide to do, please know that we are always here to help you.  You can trust Lakepointe Electric as the leading commercial and residential electricians to make sure that your home or business is up to code and working smoothly.

 

Contact Lakepointe Electric for Expert Advice on Electrical Safety Hazards

 

For more information about the compliance of electrical code, hiring an electrician, or general electrical safety tips, call Lakepointe Electric at (586) 204-8121 or reach out to us through the contact form on our website.  We are your trusted licensed electricians for DIY electrical work and emergency electrical services Macomb County.