Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is pre-wiring and how should I have it done?
Along with renovation wiring, how do I know if my outlets need to be changed or replaced?
A tell-tale sign that it’s time to replace your outlets is if plugs start to fall out. Outlets should firmly grip the plug, but if your appliances are no longer staying consistently plugged in, it’s a sign that the clip intended to hold the plug has worn out. This can be dangerous since it can cause sparking, which is a fire hazard.
Additionally, for spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens, or anywhere where this is a risk of water coming into contact with your plugged-in devices, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) should be installed. GFCIs are designed to cut off power if the plugged-in device comes into contact with water or moisture, and are essential for your safety.
Having extra outlets installed during renovations, provided your home can accommodate them (and getting an electrical upgrade if it can’t), can be incredibly useful, especially if you find yourself having to constantly use power strips. A licensed electrician will be able to help you in planning where they will be installed, as well as how many more can be added to your home.
What other considerations should I make before deciding on if I want renovation wiring?
Considerations can involve thinking about whether:
- you want a home entertainment center
- you want wired security or monitoring systems
- you plan to have a home office with a computer or printers
- your children will have their own rooms with televisions and computer
- you will want cable or satellite
It’s also important to consider what kind of lighting will be used for outdoor spaces, and if you plan on using a modern electrical thermostat or smart climate control systems for heating and air conditioning. All of this is dependent on the sufficiency of your wiring.