So you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom? Great! This is the perfect way to add value to your property, as well as comfort, luxury and convenience. It’s important to remember that remodeling a bathroom in your house isn’t made up of just one task, but many. You will likely need a variety of contractors to handle different phases of the work.
You’ll need a plumber for the sink, shower and toilet, a tiler for your flooring, a woodworker for your custom cabinetry, and of course an electrician for your wiring. Before that, you’ll need an architect or designer to come up with the plans, and a general contractor to oversee everything and make sure the project is done on time and according to scope.
Your Bathroom Electrical System
You may wonder about the extent of your need for a St. Louis electrician when remodeling your bathroom. Not all remodels have to be extensive or require large-scale repiping, for instance. However, if you have an older home, you may want to repipe the area to get up to code and allow for more construction freedom.
But when it comes to your electrical system, the answer is almost always YES when considering if you should upgrade the wiring. The biggest reason is because it offers a great amount of convenience to the average homeowner. Many older bathrooms don’t have enough outlets, or there may be enough outlets but they are poorly placed.
Bathroom outlets should be located at least every four feet. This will allow you to plug in your hair dryer and curling iron next to the sink so you don’t have to stretch to get those items. You can also add USB outlets to accommodate your technology needs.
A critical factor in bathroom wiring is to ensure you have proper GFCI protection, as the bathroom contains many opportunities for electric shock due to the presence of water. You’ll also want GFCI outlets in any other room where water is a concern, such as garages, outdoor receptacles, crawl spaces, kitchens and basements – basically any area that’s within six feet of a water source.
It’s likely that your demands for electrical power have increased exponentially since you bought your home. That’s why upgrading the system for more amps is a good idea. You’ll also want to replace your old fuse box while you’re at it. This will accommodate for the increased activity and power use in the remodeled bathroom. New circuit breakers are better able to handle electrical fluctuations.
For any of the above bathroom remodeling work, you need to hire a licensed electrician so you don’t unwittingly create a fire hazard or risk an electrical shock.
Bathroom Electrical & Remodeling Contractor, St Charlse & O'fallon, MO
Thinking of a bathroom remodel? You’ll need a St Louis, St Charles and Ballwin MO electrician you can trust to get the job done safely and efficiently. For that, contact us at 636-294-8562. at 636-294-8562 for a free quote and consultation.