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What is a Raceway?

By August 3, 2020May 15th, 2023Blog
Raceway electrical conduit

Eddie from Raceway ElectricHey friends! It’s Eddy Current here. A question we get asked a lot is what does “Raceway” mean in our name, Raceway Electric? We’re glad you asked! It has nothing to do with NASCAR or race tracks, and everything to do with protection. Let me explain.

Raceways have an important job in electrical systems. A raceway is an enclosed channel that forms a physical pathway for electrical wiring. Raceways protect the inner workings (wires and cables) from heat, corrosion, humidity, water, and other kinds of threats.

Raceways are installed according to the National Electrical Code (NEC) which protects people and property from electrical hazards.

There are three types of common raceways, including galvanized steel (both flexible and rigid), non-metallic conduit or PVC (both flexible and rigid), and flexible metal conduits.

  • Galvanized Steel – This is used primarily in industrial and commercial to protect wires in corrosive environments.
  • Non-Metallic Conduit (PVC) – This type of conduit is used most often in homes as well as underground. It is non-conductive and water-resistant.
  • Flexible Metal Conduit (FMC) – This type of conduit is ideal for wiring that has to turn or curve and is good for areas that have a lot of vibration because it keeps wires safe even with movement. However, this is not a good option for a corrosive environment.

In addition, Raceways can be buried or on the surface. Buried or underground raceways, are typically installed under flooring and are used in buildings with many cables. Surface raceways are located in walls and are typically found in buildings, such as offices, or residential homes.

Raceways help protect electrical wiring, and when you hire Raceway Electrical, we help protect you. Our licensed and insured electricians are experienced with all types of electrical work—from wiring new construction to installing electrical products, we do it all correctly and safely. We work to protect your home, and your life, with properly installed and maintained electrical systems. If you’re looking for a licensed electrician, contact Raceway Electric! We would love to help.