GFCI Installation

Importance of installing GFCIs in the home

Considering selling or refreshing your home? In the event that you live in an older home with unique wiring, chances are the GFCI assurance needed by the NEC (public electric code) is not up to flow code. GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are installed in all wet areas, distinguish imbalances in the electrical flow, and quickly shut off the power to limit the risk of severe burns or electric shock. It is also imperative to ground individual circuits to interact with exposed grounded items such as plumbing fixtures.

It is crucial to install GFCIs because they quickly shut off an electric power circuit if they distinguish the electrical flow streaming along some unacceptable route, as through a person or the water. They can also prevent house fires caused by electrical outlets. They are most probably found on electrical receptacles (outlets), circuit breakers, extension cords, and other electrical equipment. Each provides a “test/reset” button to power the influenced gadget directly back up.

A simple activity around water can start the GFCI directly into it. Two examples follow. First, you are drying your hair, and some water is splashed into your hairdryer and creates a short circuit. Or, of course, you reached an outlet with a wet hand. In each instance, the GFCI outlet will stop the power—in a little part of a second… and you avoid injury or demise!

GFCI receptacle installation protects the following areas:

  • Bathrooms
  • Garages and accessory buildings
  • Outdoor lights
  • Unfinished basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Kitchens
  • Landscape lighting
  • Laundry, utility, and wet bar sinks
  • Pool/hot tub/spa areas

 

GFCI protection working in your home

Typically, you can reset the GFCI outlet by tapping the “reset” button and stopping the devices back into the outlet and turning them on. Notwithstanding, Puccio Electric Contracting Inc. advises that you don’t attempt to install, supplant or fix a broken GFCI outlet yourself; because dealing with electricity could be exceptionally dangerous!

Call our expert Long Island electricians at 631-874-2098 right away if you suspect that your home needs a full electrical service or electrical panel upgrade. Your safety is our top priority!

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