Talking to Your Electrician in Dover about Electrical Code
Did You Know?
Did you know that every town has ordinances governing the proper installation of electrical equipment. While codes vary from place to place, many follow the recommendations put forth in the National Electrical Code. Make sure you talk to your electrician in Dover before you have electrical work done on your home to ensure you aren’t breaking any rules. Here are just a few examples of the things you need to look out for.
Outdoor Electrical Codes
Any outdoor electrical outlets, like the one on the side of your house or garage, must be installed at least 12 inches above the ground. This is to keep the outlet safe from accumulating rain or snow. The outlets, and any accompanying switches, should also be mounted with weatherproof boxes and covers.
You must call your county’s utility department before digging in your yard, whether you plan to install underground wires or not. The utility company will come in and mark the areas where dangerous underground wires may already be installed, ensuring you don’t injure yourself. Any underground wires you are installing must either be protected or buried more than 2 feet beneath ground level.
Indoor Electrical Codes
All outlets installed in bathrooms must be GFCI circuits. This type or circuit will automatically trip if the outlet comes in contact with moisture. You should also have a separate, 20-amp circuit running to your bathroom to handle your heater (if you have one), exhaust fan, and light fixtures.
National Electric Code requires that all kitchens have at least two outlets in the area located above the counter. The code also states that each major, motorized appliance (microwaves, fridge, dishwasher) should have its own circuit.
These are, of course, only a handful of examples of the coding requirements set forth by the National Electric Code. Ask your local electrician if you have any questions before starting your next home repair or remodeling project. Codes change frequently and you’ll want to make sure you are up to date.
Electrician in Dover DelawareConductive Electrical Contracting, LLCWork: 302-659-5000Cell: 302-383-6662Dover, DE, USA 19901