When it comes to your home’s electrical, safety is key. If you need a new outlet installed or moved from one place to another, one of the best things you can do is consider a GFCI outlet installation.
GFCI outlets are functionally safer than your typical outlet and required in critical spots throughout the home. At Master Electrical Services, we can make sure all the required outlets in your home are upgraded to GFCI standards. We can also install GFCI outlets and perform GFCI outlet wiring wherever you need.
A GFCI outlet is a special type of outlet that helps protect you and your appliances. The term “GFCI” stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and it functions exactly like it sounds. When the outlet detects a ground fault, it interrupts the circuit. In other words, if something is wrong that could result in a shock, power gets cut.
Most of the time, your GFCI outlet will work just like any other outlet in your home. Simply plug an appliance into the outlet and use it as normal.
The main difference is when your GFCI detects a ground fault. The flow of electricity will be stopped and the “reset” button will pop out. To reset the outlet, simply press in the reset button until it clicks into position.
The biggest benefit of a GFCI outlet installation is safety. According to the ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), electrocutions have dropped 81% since the introduction of GFCI outlets.
Put simply, GFCI outlets save lives, and they do so all the time. GFCI outlets also keep your home safe. Faulty outlets or bad wiring can lead to stray sparks. However, because GFCI outlets will cut power when something is wrong, they reduce the risk of house fires, as well.
You may have seen a few GFCI outlets around your home already. As a safer option, you could easily swap out all of your outlets for GFCI ones to reduce risk even further.
GFCI outlets are required by code in certain areas of your home. Specifically, federal code requires one or more GFCI outlets to be installed in bathrooms, basements, garages, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and any other space where a water source is present.
Half of homes built in the United States were built before GFCI outlets were introduced. Even though GFCI outlets are required by federal code, if your home is old enough, it is possible you do not have them where you need them.
At Master Electrical Services, we can inspect your home’s electrical system and install GFCI outlets to bring your home up to code.
Master Electrical Service is dedicated to providing our clients with timely, courteous service, and high-quality workmanship. You can count on our electricians to arrive on time with fully loaded vehicles ready for any job.
If you need a GFCI outlet installation for your home, you can rely on Master Electrical Services to get the job done right. To schedule an appointment with Master Electrical Services, give us a call or contact us today for service.