4 Electrical Wiring Tips for Your Bathroom Appliances

Bathroom appliances make personal hygiene easier to achieve. From brushing your teeth to taking a shower, using relevant appliances can leave you and your family cleaner and fresher throughout the day. However, there are key safety issues you should consider when installing bathroom appliances. Because many of these devices use electricity, you need to consider how to make sure the electrical supply will not interfere with water.

In consultation with your appliance service, you should prepare an effective electrical wiring plan that involves the following practices:

1. Run wires through the ceiling as opposed to floors

Your bathroom floor will often come in contact with water. Even if you install a waterproof flooring material, physical damage to the floor will allow moisture to seep into your subfloor layer.

If you run electrical wires underneath the floor, water can come in contact with these wires and increase the risk of electric shock. You can prevent this risk by running the wires through your bathroom ceiling, down the walls and into various outlets inside the bathroom space.

2. Make sure all outlets are covered

Electrical outlets will be the main power source for your bathroom appliances. And as important as they are, they can easily become electrical risks if not properly installed and maintained.

Make sure your appliance installer uses a quality material for the outlet to prevent loosely hanging wires (or damage over time). The outlet should also have a waterproof covering that protects the socket from water or moisture. Consider installing a lid that can easily be opened when the outlet is in use and closed after you're done.

3. Use thick insulation

You should also carefully select the wiring material that will be used in your bathroom. You need thickly insulated wires that can prevent water from coming in contact with electric current. Thermoplastics such as PVC are capable of withstanding moisture without exposing the underlying wire.

You may also opt for thermosetting materials such as CPE, which are capable of withstanding high temperatures. They come in handy when using bathroom appliances near hot water—such as in the shower. Make sure all wires are thick enough to withstand occasional sharp objects.

4. Keep appliances against the wall

When using appliances such as shavers, lighting, and automated toilets, a safe design option is to have such appliances installed against the wall. This will prevent the need for electrical wiring to run across the floor or any other open space inside the bathroom.