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  Oct 20 2021

What You Need to Know Before Setting Up an Outdoor Kitchen

Barbeques and family get-togethers can get messy when everyone is crammed inside. Moving the party outside can give everyone a fresh of breath air, but what about the cook? An outdoor kitchen can be a great way to keep the house clean and enjoy the party to its fullest. It can even add value to your home. Take it from us at Mr. Electric of Katy, though, that setting up an outdoor kitchen calls for sophisticated electrical planning. If you plan to take on this project yourself, then continue reading about some of the things to consider before getting started. If you would like to consult with or hire a dedicated electrician, then feel free to call Mr. Electric of Katy anytime.

Get Your Permits

Electricity is nothing to take lightly and setting up electrical system in outdoor settings that are exposed to the elements such as rain and snow is especially serious. The electrical work as well as the system itself can expose people in the area to electrocutions and electrical fires. For this reason, many cities and local governments require inspections and permits. Failing to abide by rules, codes, and regulations can result in substantial fines and legal trouble – not to mention your work being taken apart.

Put Your Plan on Paper

You probably have a wonderful plan in mind, and we hope you can bring it to life. The first step in making your dream a reality is putting the plan on paper. This is especially important because you will have to map the route of the electrical wiring. This can get tricky depending on the location of your electrical distribution box and your kitchen. Consulting with a certified electrician can prove extremely valuable during this step of the process. Our electricians at Mr. Electric of Katy are happy to walk through the planning process with you, sharing concerns and recommendations along the way.

Establish Safety Features

Electricity is dangerous enough. An electrical system in an outdoor kitchen is especially vulnerable. When setting up an outdoor kitchen, make sure to establish safety features. Don’t forget to keep wires protected in conduits and electrical boxes. Further, install GFCI outlets to protect against electrical shocks and electrical fires. A GFCI outlet, or ground fault interrupter outlet, monitors the electrical flow within the circuit and shuts down when it detects unusual electrical activity. It is similar to the circuit breaker and adds a layer of protection.

Consider Your Property Insurance

Many property insurance policies require that electrical work be completed by certified or qualified electricians. A DIY electrical project can put future property insurance claims at high risk of rejection. You might end up saving time and money by leaving the electrical work to a certified electrician.

Bring in the Professionals

If you want to avoid the risk of electrocutions, electrical fires, legal liabilities, fines, and rejected insurance claims, then considering bringing in the professionals. If you would like to hire an experienced electrician, then call Mr. Electric of Katy. Our dedicated electricians are trained and equipped to get the job done right the first time around.

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