During the remodeling of a home or finishing of an attic or basement, an Electrical Contractor in Chicago Heights IL often is needed to install new equipment or make upgrades. Even when the homeowner is doing much of the renovation or finishing work as a do-it-yourself project, assistance from a professional electrician is important to make sure all electrical features are installed safely.
Light Fixtures, Outlets and Switches
Finishing an attic or basement for extra living space typically includes the installation of ceiling light fixtures unless the household residents plan to only use table and floor lamps. Even then, outlets and switches will be required. This is typically the absolute minimum amount of electrical work for that kind of project.
If this is an older home, which is common in remodeling projects, it’s an ideal time to have an Electrical Contractor in Chicago Heights IL upgrade the wiring if this has never been done. In addition to tackling the electrical work for the renovation, an old fuse box can be replaced with a circuit board. An outdated panel can be replaced so there is more space for extra circuits both now and in the future.
Additional Outlets and New Switches
Throughout the home, additional outlets can be installed. This tends to be advisable for older houses in which people use extension cords and power strips as permanent fixtures. Outlets that no longer grip the plug securely should be replaced too. Switches that have stopped working or only work intermittently should be replaced.
GFCI Outlet Installation
If the renovation will include an additional bathroom, the electrician from a company such as Bates Electric Inc will install a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet if there is not a GFCI already on that same electrical circuit. Many older houses don’t have these features, which provide protection by shutting off electricity to the outlet if a plugged-in device comes in contact with water. The device works for any outlet in that particular circuit, which is why sometimes only one is needed in the entire building. In other cases, a house might need two or three.