US and Canada Standards You Should Be Aware of When Choosing Belowground Conduit System for Electrical
The United States and Canada have specific requirements for dealing with underground conduit systems. These requirements are laid out by the National Electrical Code and the Canadian Electrical Code. To install an underground conduit system successfully and legally, these standards should be followed.
The standards are designed to promote safety for not only people and animals but also the environment. Most of the time, this will require fiberglass reinforced plastic products to be used in the construction of the conduit. Other times, you may have alternatives.
While you will need to do a more in-depth investigation into your local coding requirements, nearly all have shared primary areas of concern. Below, we will outline two.
Rot and Rodents
In terms of safety codes, “rodents” often refers to not only mammals that belong to the order Rodentia but also any other creature that might be the source of infestation. Certain bugs are attracted to the smell and taste of different building materials. Using materials that will not attract an influx of harmful infestation to an area is key to promoting a safe conduit system that won’t impact its environment.
A poorly made conduit system will also rot quickly. This can leave wires and other dangerous features of the conduit exposed, creating safety hazards for people and animals. Using a fiberglass reinforced plastic product in the construction of the conduit system will ensure there are no electrocution or fire threats and that your underground conduit system does not deteriorate too rapidly.
Anything buried underground will deteriorate or decompose over time. Using products that decompose safely and slowly will help eliminate the need to constantly replace the conduit. It also protects the quality of the soil or water runoff that is produced around the area of the conduit installation.
A fiberglass reinforced plastic product will not emit the same chemical levels that some other materials would. This keeps pollution out of the dirt we grow our crops in, the water we eventually drink, and wildlife habitats. In the effort to create a successful underground conduit system, always consider the plants, animals, and people it will affect. Using the right materials is a good starting point.
Belowground Conduit Systems Should Be Safe and Reliable
It is important to ensure that your underground conduit plan abides by local and national standards. Fiberglass reinforced plastic products can help decrease the risk of deterioration and other failures. This is not just key to meeting legal requirements; it also will save you time and misfortune in the future.
Poorly or illegally installed conduit systems are often susceptible to fines and may break down over time if any corners are cut in the installation process. Remember that we share a responsibility for safe conduit installation; do your part in protecting the safety of those around you.