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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 Aside from worn out plugs and sockets, DIY wiring projects, outdated circuit breakers and fuse boxes, a majority of these fires are caused by noncompliance with electrical installation codes.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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Making Sure Your Home Is Up to Electrical Code Before Selling

When selling your home, you have no obligation to bring it up to code. Few houses are completely up to code prior to sale. Existing homes typically have a number of things wrong, but do not pose an immediate threat. However, the condition of your home does have an impact on your asking price. If you want the highest possible amount, it is imperative to correct any coding violations. This will also cut down on the amount of negotiations between you and the buyer. Otherwise the buyer may request for you to pay to repair the issues or ask for a discounted price.

Codes exist to keep people safe by minimizing danger. Almost all home financing and insurance have electrical caveats. If there are problems with the electrical components of your home and you sell it without disclosing this fact, you could face legal action. You are required by law to reveal any dangers in your home. If something happens because of the code violation, such as an electrical fire, you could be held responsible for any medical bills or damages incurred as a result. To eliminate any liability it is beneficial to repair any electrical problems.

There are many common electrical safety concerns present in older homes. Insufficient service will have to be corrected. 200-amp/240-volt service has become the standard in single family homes for over twenty years. Nearly all insurers demand at least 100-amp/240-volt service. However older houses feature 60-amp service which is not even enough to power a majority of appliances used today. Outdated wiring is a well-recognized safety concern. This includes non-metallic wiring used for homes built in the 1940s-1950s, aluminum wiring from the 1960s-1970s, and the pre-30s knob-and-tube wiring. A multitude of large insurance providers have flat out refused to insure homes that have knob-and-tube. Replacement of service panels and bulb-style breaker boxes installed over thirty years ago is necessary for buyers to be eligible for insurance and financing. There is also an overabundance of recalled breaker boxes still in use. Those defective boxes pose an enormous risk of danger.

Before placing your home on the market, you can have an inspector do a walk-through to look for violations. They will search for any problems with your electric. You can also check for permits, if there is a previous owner to your place. You can contact your municipality to ensure all the projects completed were authorized. If you find no permits for your home but major work was done in the past, this is not good for you. Most laws state that the current homeowner is liable to resolve any code issues.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can bring your home up to electrical code. We have experience working with new and historic homes, so you can trust that you are in good hands. We will fix any issues to ensure your home is sold for top dollar. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today!

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