Chances are you already know that water and electricity don’t “play” well together. When they are mixed dangerous, and potentially deadly accidents can occur. Even though this is common knowledge thanks to the growing popularity of DIY television shows more and more homeowners are deciding that they have the knowledge and experience to install almost anything.
Since the chances of this trend ending anytime soon are pretty slim, I thought that I would devote this post to my DIY readers. I’m all for homeowners saving money and completing the projects themselves, but I do worry about safety. With this in mind, I want you to pay careful attention to what you really should avoid installing in certain places around your home. Accidents due to water and electricity combining are unfortunately common, and can also be easily avoided with just a little common sense.
When it comes to installing electric appliances in the bathroom, my best advice is “don’t”. Everywhere you look there is water from the sink to the toilet, shower, and tub. Even using a hair dryer or curling iron can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your surroundings. Besides, when you think about it do you need to install an electric appliance in your bathroom? The only one I can think of is an additional heater, and if you’re having problems with your furnace, I suggest you call an expert.
One area in a home where it is impossible not to have electric and water in the same room is the kitchen. In this case, I recommend extreme caution and careful attention. Electrical shocks and fires can be devastating and often prevented. If you’re installing an electric oven stay well away from the water lines to your sink. If you think about it do you want your oven next to your garbage disposal? You also want to keep electric appliances away from drips and leaks, which means once again stay away from water lines.
My final advice when it comes to not installing something in a particular place around your home only applies if you’re lucky enough to own a swimming pool. Do not attempt to install anything electric by your pool. You are only asking for trouble. This applies to outdoor stoves and even pool heaters. If your pool did not come with a heater chances are it’s not designed to support one, and the additional strain it will place on the system can result in expensive repairs. This of course only applies if you don’t electrocute yourself in the process.
If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to read them in the comment section below.