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Code Compliance and Upgrades for Your Remodel

Salem, Oregon has many historic homes that look beautiful on the outside but have hidden nightmares inside. When you buy a home that is more than a few decades ago, you need to make sure the electrical system meets all of the new codes. Even if you buy a newer home, it’s helpful to make sure the electrical system is up to date. Find out some of the reasons to consider code compliance and upgrades when you remodel your home and how B&O Electric can help you.

Make Your Kitchen More Functional

Depending on the age of your home, you may find that the kitchen just doesn’t work for you. Older homes may lack the outlets that you need for larger appliances like your refrigerator. Even if you can run your refrigerator, you may not have enough power to run any other appliances. Bringing the kitchen up to code allows you to add outlets and wiring for all of your appliances. You can also add upgrades like hidden charges in your drawers and built-in appliances.

Love Your Bedroom

You probably spend a lot of time in your bedroom, which is why you need to make sure that it works for you. Oregon requires that all bedrooms have a minimum of 70 square feet of space and both a closet and a window. Though there is no law that the room must have an outlet, it’s often helpful to have at least two. B&O Electric can replace electrical panels that handle the new outlets in your bedroom.

Keep Your Family Safe

Whether you live with just your partner/spouse or you have a house full of loved ones, you want to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. The Oregon electrical code follows the national code, which lists the type of wiring and other electrical components you can have in your home. These rules make it clear that you need 120-volt outlets and modern wiring. One of the biggest reasons to consider code compliance when you remodel your home is to prevent the risk of fire. Plugging too many things into a few outlets and relying on old wiring that isn’t up to code can increase the risk of your Salem home suffering fire damage.

Though Salem is a charming town, not all of the gorgeous homes in this city are up to code. Even if you buy a new home, you may not have a guarantee that the electrical work contractors did is compliant with national electrical codes. If you plan to remodel your home to add some value to it or want to upgrade your old electrical system, you need help. Contact B&O Electric to see how the company can ensure that every decision you make is code compliant.