Whether you were at one point looking to save a few dollars or someone in your home cut corners in the past, there are some common home wiring mistakes that are not only illegal, but malfunction and can be dangerous. Remember to always call us for your home wiring needs!
Protect Wiring From Nails & Screws
Electrical code calls for a minimum of one and 1/4 inches distance between any wiring and wall studs. This is to make sure that the wiring doesn’t get punctured by any screws or nails that get inserted into the wall. The wiring can get punctured and short out and even cause fires.
Keep Cable & Phone Wires Away From Outlet Wires
These two types of wires interact in an unusual way when they make contact. First of all, it can cause interference in your phone or TV but also any uninsulated contact between the two can cause fires. Electrical code requires six inches separation between these wires as well as separate voltage boxes. If you’re suffering interference on the phone or on your TV, you might have this issue.
Limit The Number of Wires in Switch or Outlet Box
Just because it can fit doesn’t mean it should. All live wires generate heat. Too many wires together crammed in a tiny, enclosed box will quickly overheat, melt, or ignite. You may need to upgrade to a larger box to accomodate all the wires safely.
Keep Objects Away From Exposed Wires
In unfinished basements, wires often run across the ceiling. It’s a surprisingly common behavior to utilize these wires as hangers for clothes or other items. Refrain from this. It can cause damage to the wires and cut off that power supply or even cause flames.
At Allen Electrical, we strongly encourage you to seek our expertise to solve your home wiring needs. It’s very easy to make a mistake while wiring that could injure you, damage your home’s electrical system, or start a fire. Call us today!