As a homeowner, it's important to ensure that your electrical system is up to code to avoid potential hazards and ensure the safety of your family. However, many homeowners may not be aware of common electrical code violations that could be present in their homes. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common electrical code violations and provide tips on how to ensure compliance in your home.
One of the most common electrical code violations is overloaded circuits. This occurs when too many devices are connected to a single circuit, which can cause overheating and potentially lead to a fire. To avoid this violation, make sure to distribute your devices across multiple circuits and avoid using extension cords for long-term use.
Improperly Installed Outlets
Another common electrical code violation is improperly installed outlets. This can include outlets that are not grounded or installed too close to water sources. To ensure compliance, make sure to hire a licensed electrician to install any new outlets and avoid installing them near sinks or other water sources.
Lack of GFCI Protection
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection is required in certain areas of the home, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas. This protection helps prevent electrical shock and is required by code. To ensure compliance, make sure to install GFCI outlets or have a licensed electrician install them in these areas.
Outdated Electrical Panels
If your home has an outdated electrical panel, it may not be up to code and could potentially be a safety hazard. To ensure compliance, consider having a licensed electrician inspect your electrical panel and upgrade it if necessary.
DIY Electrical Work
Many homeowners may attempt to do their own electrical work, which can lead to code violations and potential safety hazards. To ensure compliance, always hire a licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home.
By addressing these common electrical code violations, you can ensure the safety of your family and avoid potential hazards. If you're unsure if your home is up to code, consider hiring a licensed electrician to perform an inspection. At Capital City Electrical Services, LLC, we offer electrical inspections and can help ensure compliance in your home. Contact us today to learn more.