Electrical outlets are probably one of the residential electrical supplies you’re most familiar with. That’s because there’s at least one in every room of your home. Although they’re common, they also cause a lot of frustration when they don’t work. Here are some things you may not know about the outlets in your home.

  1. Just like all other electrical supplies, the components that make up an outlet must be approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) before they go on the market.
  2. In order to install a grounded outlet (one with three prongs), there must be grounding that meets building codes.
  3. Outlets installed near a water source must be protected by a GFCI.
  4. Appropriate wiring must be used in order to avoid overheating and the risk of fire.
  5. Outlets should be installed at appropriate distances from each other.

As you can see, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to those receptacles. That’s why you should make sure you know what you’re doing before starting any electrical repair project. Hire a licensed electrician if needed, or make sure you’ve talked with a residential electrical supplies professional like the ones at CESCO before you start any work.

If you need to replace the electrical outlets in your home, either because they don’t work or because you want to get an updated look, come to CESCO. Our Rock Hill, SC showroom is open to the public. We serve both homeowners and electrical contractors with outstanding service and one of the best selections of parts in our area. Visit us the next time you need electrical supplies near you!