Electricity & Water Don’t Mix

Electricity & Water Don’t Mix from New Castle Remodeling

By: New Castle Remodeling  08/11/2014
Keywords: Kitchen Remodeling, Electricity, Water

There are special plugs that should be installed whenever you are within about 6 feet of a sink, tub or water usage. This type of a plug is called a GFI (Ground-fault Interrupter) outlet. This is a style of an outlet that has an automatic shutoff switch built into it. The reason for this is that if something goes wrong, electrically, with something that is plugged into this outlet, the shutoff switch throws and the power turns off. This kind of plug is very useful and is required in a bathroom or a kitchen near a sink. What occurs is that this switch is very sensitive to what is called a ground fault. Say you are using a hair dryer and you are standing in water or your hands are wet and a little power goes to ground (a very small amount of power and not enough to shock you but enough for the device to detect). It takes very little power for the shutoff to turn off the power. If you were using a normal outlet, the power going to ground would have to heat up the wires back to the breaker box in order for the power to shut off. Therefore there is a much greater chance for someone to get hurt by the power going to ground through their body. Basically a normal outlet takes at least 10 and maybe as much as 30 amps (unit of strength used to measure electric current) to shut off the power. However a GFI is so sensitive to a ground fault that even if a fraction of an amp of electricity goes to ground, the GFI shuts off the power in 1/40th of a second. These outlets are designed to save lives. Note that if you have a partial power outage in your House, it could be due to a GFI that has been switched off. Depending on how your wiring is hooked up, the blown GFI switch might affect other items that are on the same circuit. In this event you will have power out in your house, yet you will not have a breaker off in the breaker box. GFIs are very useful and they are there to save people from getting electricity grounded through them. You can check your GFI by pressing the test button On the outlet; if the outlet is working properly, the reset button will pop out. The reset button has to be pushed back in for the outlet to work again. Got questions? Call me at (818) 548-8760 and I’ll be very happy to talk with you.

Keywords: bath remodel, Bath Remodeling, Electricity, Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Remodeling, Water

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