Cleveland Home Inspector Explains GFCI Outlets

If you are purchasing a new home, you may have some questions regarding GFCI outlets in your new home. More specifically which outlets in a downstream need to be GFCI…

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Cleveland Home Inspector Explains GFCI Outlets

Which Outlets in a Downstream Need To Be GFCI Outlets?

If you are purchasing a new home, you may have some questions regarding GFCI outlets in your new home. More specifically which outlets in a downstream need to be GFCI Outlets. You may not be extremely knowledgeable about the electrical requirements in your new home and that's why it is so important to have an experienced and qualified inspector. A GFCI outlet or a Ground-Fault Circuit Interruptor is put in place to protect you from electrical shock. When you plug in an appliance, the GFCI outlet will track the amount of power flowing to the device. If the GFCI detects any imbalance of power, like for example the appliance was covered in water it will trip the circuit and cut off the power supply.

The presence of GFCI outlets is important to the safety of those living in a home, but which outlets need a GFCI? In the case of a "downstream", where there is an outlet at one end of a room (the head) and it is connected to a series of outlets around a room (ending at the tail), each outlet does not have to be a GFCI. If the first outlet in the downstream is a GFCI outlet, because it is connected to the other outlets in the downstream it will protect all the other two prong outlets. If there was a fault at the outlet at the other end of the room the circuit would be tripped and the GFCI will cut off power to all the outlets connected. Knowing this can save you money as you would only need 1 GFCI outlet installed as opposed to multiple.    Always use an experienced professional to assess your outlets and electrical needs in your home.

At Tri-County Inspections, a home inspection company in the Cleveland area, we set aside time to inspect every area of a home in all our Cleveland home inspections.  We're looking to make sure that you won't be buying a home with faulty electrical areas or spending unnecessary money updating things that are working safely. So whoever does your home inspection, make sure they are knowledgable and experienced with the electrical standards. The purpose of a home inspection is to make sure you can negotiate with the seller and prioritize your upcoming repairs based on your budget.


Cleveland Home Inspector Explains GFCI outlets

In this short video Cleveland area home inspector, Mike Vakos, shows you an inspection of a basement at a Cleveland Home Inspection.  This inspection explains GFCI outlets in a downstream connection. The Inspector shows how having a GFCI outlet at the "head" of a downstream connection will protect the other outlets in the connection. When it comes to electrical standards, having an experienced and knowledgable home inspector can really give you a "peace of mind" that your new home is safe and up to code.

Just another reason to make sure you get a home inspection! Schedule your home inspection with Mike today!

GFCI Outlets: Questions About Downstream Connections?

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At Tri-County Inspections our goal is to inform you in an honest, easy-to-understand, down-to-earth and friendly manner of things going on in the home we're inspecting. So whether we're inspecting a home before you sell it, a pre-listing home inspection, to prepare you for what buyers may uncover OR if we're doing an inspection of a home you're considering buying - we take the approach of giving you information to make your best decisions and likely save money in the long run.

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