Where to use GFCI receptacles in your home

There are a number of different types of electrical receptacles you can use in your home.  We thought to share where GFCI outlets make sense to be used.

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacles or Residual Current Device (RCD) shut down the power supply if any fault is detected, like if some person is getting a shock or current passes through water, it automatically shuts down saving from damage. Even fires will be prevented.

GFCI receptacles continuously measure the amount of current flowing from one side to another and also the current flowing back, if there is a difference, then definitely there is an undue leak and the GFCI shuts the power current off. One should call a professional to come and fix the problem, after which these receptacles need to be manually reset. If it again shuts down, then the problem is not yet completely fixed. Sometimes with too much current flowing through a wire, it heats up and catches fire. This happens when we plug many electric items on a single circuit, which can be very dangerous and can even electrocute a person if touched.

According to common laws in most places, GFCIs are compulsory in 2 prong receptacles in the places which have chances of a short circuit due to presence of water like kitchens, bathrooms, outdoors, etc.

Home inspections are mostly done in connection with the sale of the house and the written report of the licensed/certified home inspector, about the structural quality of the house, the foundation and all the physical aspects.  They help the buyer make a well informed decision about whether or not to invest in the property. 

A number of homes in the Capital Region still have traditional circuit breakers that can only protect the house from fire and cannot safeguard against electric shock or electrocution. Keeping in mind the safety aspect, most home inspectors recommend GFCIs be installed in the house as a prevention measure against any unforeseen harm like electrocution or the danger of a fire breakout. In case the house already has GFCIs installed, the home inspector checks the operation or the working of the GFCIs for his evaluation report. Most of them highly recommend that GFCIs be installed near plumbing fixtures, whether they are outside or inside the house, like in the bathroom or outside areas where there is water. The seller may not agree, but as a buyer, keeping the safety of the family members in mind, one must definitely install GFCIs wherever necessary and recommended.

Buying or selling a home in the Albany or the surrounding Capital Region, you likely are planning for a home inspection in the near future.  Please consider Bald Eagle Inspection Services.


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