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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

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Every home should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) because they keep everyone safe from suffering severe electrical shocks or burns. A GFCI detects ground faults and interrupts a current if its flow changes at all.

A Unibolt Electric technician can come to your home and install GFCIs and inspect the electrical work of your home to make sure you and your family members remain as safe as possible.

The Importance of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

About three hundred people are killed each year due to electrocutions caused by poorly installed electrical outlets. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that is designed specifically to protect homeowners from severe shocks and electrical burns. At Unibolt Electric, our electricians can upgrade your home wiring system and check for issues such as these.

GFCIs should be added to help ensure your home’s safety. This small device prevents fatal accidents and can reduce electrical fires. The interrupter, which is installed into outlets around the home, is capable of detecting ground faults—an unforeseen electrical path between the source of a current and a surface.

The GFCI constantly monitors the flow of this electric current and if it changed by the smallest amount. It then interrupts the current and turns the electricity off for that circuit.


Ungrounded & Grounded Outlets

How can you tell the difference between an ungrounded and grounded electrical outlet in your home? Basically, if you only see two holes instead of three, or you see that the “smiley face” is missing from the outlet, then it is ungrounded.

You’ll find most ungrounded outlets in homes that were built before 1960. However, the problem isn’t really with the outlet itself, but the two-conductor wiring that goes inside. This was the proper method of wiring at the time, but as technology and safety awareness increased, the two-prong outlets were replaced with three-prong outlets.

Updating Your Electrical Outlets

A three-prong receptacle is considered the safest type of outlet. By installing a GFCI to each outlet, you are adding a level of safety. We can come to your home, rewire each of your electrical outlets with a new, grounded circuit, and rewire each outlet from there. This will guarantee that your outlets meet current code and safety standards and are completely grounded.

Unibolt Electric has been the go-to electrician in York, Durham and the surrounding areas since 2015. Our electricians can help you with all of your home wiring, home safety, and home electrical services.

Do you need to replace your electrical outlets? Call Unibolt Electric at 905-591-8658

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