Last Updated on March 25, 2024

What Are Service Loops? | Real Estate Definition

By Alan F Macdonald

What Are Service Loops?

Service loops are extra lengths of electrical wire left outside a junction box.

Real Estate Agent Explains Service Loops

Electrical service loops are a relatively recent addition to some building codes in the United States and Canada. They can allow for an electrician to have access to extra conductor wire if needed in the future. Ever had a plugin or switch that didn’t have enough wire in it? It is a little more expensive to have extra wire left in a wall that may never be used, but it sure is easier than rewiring an entire circuit.

Some plugin boxes in a basement in Edmonton that have service loops.

Why Does It Matter?

Your region may require service loops to comply with local electrical code. Your electrician or building inspector will know when they are required and also what length they might need to be.

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