When Should You Upgrade Your Older Home to GFCI Outlets
New homes built today must have GFCI outlets in order to pass inspections. So, what does this mean for older homes? If you own an older house without these outlets, then it may be time for an upgrade. If you aren’t even sure what a GFCI out is or if your home has them, there a few things that can help. First, let’s make sure you know what a GFCI outlet is, so you can determine if you have any or not. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These outlets have two small buttons between the receptacles (plugins) that read Reset and Test. A standard or non-GFCI outlet does not have these buttons. Now, let’s determine if your home needs to upgrade and install these GFCI outlets.
Why a GFCI Outlet
What makes a GFCI outlet different from your other outlets? The answer is the name itself. As mentioned earlier, GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In particular events, these outlets interrupt the circuit of electricity to prevent or other safety issues. The purpose of the outlet is to quickly shut off power at the outlet if it detects a short circuit or a ground fault. Obviously, if you have zero GFCI outlets in your home, you need some installed.
The first question you are probably asking is where to place a GFCI outlet and why? Electrical codes now require builders to install GFCI outlets in kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor outlets. Basically, any outlet that is near a water source or exposed to the weather needs these outlets. For example, the electrical outlets in your bathroom are naturally more prone to short circuit, due to their exposure to water or moisture. A non-GFCI outlet will not protect your family if they happen to be using an appliance while wet. A GFCI helps prevent electrical shock while using your blow-dryer next to the tub.
Get an Expert
Now that we’ve established your older home needs to upgrade to GFCI outlets, your next step is to hire an expert. This type of project requires the skills of an experienced electrician. Anytime you work with electricity you are at risk. Moreover, if you make even the smallest mistake in the installation, you put your home and family at risk for electrocution or fire. Lastly, there may be regulation, codes, or laws that prevent you from updating your electricity without a permit. In some instances, doing it yourself could void warranted items in your home or even void your homeowner’s insurance. Clearly, it is imperative you call an electrician to maintain your home and family’s safety.
Contact The Electrical Pros Now
If you have an older home, it is time to update with GFCI outlets. Any areas exposed to water should have these outlets as an added layer of protection. Updating your electrical outlets is only advisable for an experienced do-it-yourself. Additionally, you should make sure that doing it yourself is not against the law or voiding your warranty. If you need an expert, contact an electrician at The Electric Pros today. To get started with a The Electric Pros, check us out online or call us at (844) 249-4733.