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Bringing Your New Construction Up to Code

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) from their Walton, KY location – is here to help you learn about ways you can get your new construction up to code. Call us today to handle any electrical issues that arise with your new build.

Making sure your home is up to code after a new construction project is extremely important when it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe. Building codes guarantee that everything in your home is in top shape and makes sure every new renovation was done with high-quality craftsmanship. Though there are many arguments for and against new building codes, statistics speak for themselves when they show the number of building collapses, fires, and flooding that were prevented by the evolution of codes.

When it comes to making sure your home is up to code, it is super helpful to plan ahead. Before you even start your project, you should ensure that you meet all building codes for your state and/or city. You can browse building codes for Ohio here and Kentucky here. There is a good chance that if your building plans, themselves, aren’t up to code, you will receive a suspension of your building permit. Of course, when you are just doing small home renovations, you won’t necessarily need a building permit, it is still important to make sure your home is up to code to ensure that it is safe for your family.

Electrical codes are especially important, and we can help you with those. One of the most common causes of house fires in the United States is faulty electrical wiring. This is why it is so important to make sure you are following all electrical codes. Not only do these house fires caused by electrical wiring cause loss of lives, they also cause millions of dollars in property damage. Aside from worn out plugs and sockets, DIY wiring projects, outdated circuit breakers and fuse boxes, a majority of these fires are caused by noncompliance with electrical installation codes. In addition to being able to help you decipher these codes, so you understand them, we can also help you by inspecting your home and projects in order to make sure everything is in great shape.

Some general codes to consider are as follows:

In Bathrooms:

  • All outlets must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • There must be an electrical receptacle three feet from the sink.
  • There can be no face-up receptacles on countertops.

In Kitchens:

  • All countertop receptacles must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • Receptacles cannot be more than twenty inches above countertops.
  • Kitchen Islands must have at least one receptacle, if not more.
  • Once again, no face up receptacles.

In General:

  • Wall receptacle every twelve feet.
  • Any wall space that is more than twenty-four inches wide should have a receptacle.
  • Hallways that are longer than ten feet must have at least one receptacle.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you keep your home in perfect condition. Whether you are renovating and need an electrician for your new construction or just need help with regular inspections and maintenance issues, we are here for you. We specialize in residential service changes, upgrades, and breaks in service and storm repairs, so we definitely know what we are doing. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. We operate out of Walton, Kentucky, but we are proud to inform you that we serve all of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Give us a call today and let us help you keep your home up to code!

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