Electrical Code Updates & Corrections in San Antonio

Mr. Electric of San Antonio Keeps You Safe & Compliant

Meeting the current electrical code to ensure your home or business stays safe requires an electrical professional’s skills and insight. At Mr. Electric of San Antonio, we help San Antonio, Boerne, and Bulverde, TX homeowners and business owners comply with current codes and protect their electrical systems with essential updates and corrections. Tens of thousands of home and business fires and accidents happen annually due to electrical hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also states that electric wiring problems cause 30,000 home fires, 200 deaths, more than $600 million in property damage, and nearly 1,000 injuries every year. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reports that faulty wiring is responsible for 20 percent of electrocutions. Failing to update and correct your home or business’s system to meet the latest electrical code frequently causes all these issues.

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What Are Electrical Code Updates?

Mr. Electric of San Antonio’s expert professional electricians are trained and knowledgeable about all local and national codes applying to household and commercial electrical systems. We specialize in electrical code updates and take compliance seriously because it ensures our customers have safe and reliable power in their structures. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the United States’ singular standard for installing and wiring electrical systems safely. The NEC acts as the indisputable rulebook for safe electrical inspection, installation, and design because it protects people and their properties against dangerous electrical hazards by setting electrical code standards. The NFPA first published this code in 1897 and updates it every three years, effectively reducing electrical accidents while minimizing fire hazards that electricity can cause. The NEC’s 2020 edition is their most current electrical safety guide.

Staying Educated on the Latest Electrical Code Updates

Having up-to-date insight into electrical code update information regarding a home or business’s components like outlets is vital to keep your electrical system running safely and dependably. Mr. Electric of San Antonio keeps our team current on every aspect of the latest electrical code, and we apply this knowledge to every job, including electrical code updates and corrections. For instance, you may not be aware the number of residential electrical shocks at properties has dropped after the expansion of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) requirements over time. Staying abreast of this example and all other electrical code requirements make you more capable of protecting your staff, family, and commercial or residential property.

Our Electricians Help San Antonio, TX Customers

The National Electric Code makes extensive changes and intricacies every three years, effectively making code compliance more of a challenge. Your best action to stay safe and compliant is to employ a licensed and knowledgeable electrician to complete updates. Mr. Electric of San Antonio’s team of electrical experts can identify issues like outdated wiring in your home and update them to adhere to newly released electrical code updates as one of our essential services. Our professional electricians have in-depth knowledge about the latest electrical code updates for your benefit. This industry expertise allows our team to carry out various beneficial updates, including the following:

  • We verify that your home is up to date on the most recent requirements for all electrical system aspects, such as installations, electrical equipment, and wiring.
  • If you plan to purchase a new home, our team can inspect its electrical system before you buy it to ensure you make a sound investment and your family will be safe.
  • We can prevent delays with our updates and correction if you’re selling a home due to an inspector finding electrical issues during their on-site examination.
  • Electrical code updates and corrections safeguard you against injuries, loss of life, and liability issues resulting from electrical incidents occurring in or around your residential structure.

10 Important Updates From the 2020 Electrical Code

Mr. Electric of San Antonio offers essential periodic professional help to ensure your residential electrical system stays current on the latest NEC requirements. As new code updates develop, they progress to ensure you maintain a safely and reliably functioning electrical system. Our expert electricians have the latest expertise in all code updates from the most recent 2020 code release. If protecting your family against household electrical issues is a concern, you can read through our collection of the 10 most valuable 2020 NEC electrical code updates:

  1. Exterior emergency power disconnect switches must be installed at all new one- and two-family dwellings. This measure is intended to make safer working conditions for emergency responders.
  2. Service disconnect rules concerning de-energizing panel boards have been altered to improve electrical worker safety; that includes your local Mr. Electric.
  3. Load calculation tables have been revised to reflect modern improvements in energy efficiency. The change is largely due to the widespread use of LED lighting, which is drastically more energy-efficient than older bulb types.
  4. A new general requirement has been instituted to cover cables exposed on ceilings and walls.
  5. Requirements for GFCI protection have expanded to include all 125- and 250-volt receptacles supplied by a single-phase circuit of 150 volts or less to ground.
  6. All basement receptacles must also have GFCI protection, regardless of whether the basement is finished.
  7. A new section has been added governing the use of modern Ethernet cables that transmit data and electrical power simultaneously.
  8. Requirements for solar-generated energy storage continue to be revised to keep pace with evolving home energy storage technologies, such as the Tesla Powerwall home battery.
  9. Surge protection requirements have been enhanced to protect sensitive safety equipment, such as hardwired smoke alarms.
  10. A new item in the code governs how homeowners may transfer power from electric vehicle (EV) batteries to residential wiring.

Contact Us for Electrical Code Updates & Corrections

You should never fall behind on NEC updates in your home or neglect its electrical system. Mr. Electric of San Antonio will gladly help you keep your system up to date and ensure it is code-compliant and runs safely and reliably. Contact us today for more information about our services and to schedule electrical code updates and corrections at your property.