Bathrooms have required ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets for decades. By the same logic, you should really have GFCI outlets or breakers serving any area of your home that’s near water. Texas goes by the National Electrical Code, which specifically requires GFCI protection in kitchens, unfinished basements, laundry areas, and other places where short circuits and shock injuries could otherwise occur.
Aaron’s Electrical Service can get you up to speed before your next electrical inspection. Our friendly, licensed electricians will replace standard outlets with GFCI outlets, add brand new GFCI outlets where you need them, and ensure a safe electrical system.
What Is a GFCI Outlet?
These are the electrical outlets with test/reset buttons, and usually a little light to show that it’s working. The device senses when a ground fault occurs—meaning electricity is flowing somewhere it shouldn’t—and interrupts power to the outlet.
The famous example of why you need GFCIs would be getting shocked by a wet blow dryer in an unprotected outlet. A GFCI outlet shuts things down in a microsecond, so you can solve the problem and then hit reset to power back up.
What Rooms Need GFCI Outlets?
With a few exceptions, you need GFCI outlets in Houston homes, condos, and apartments in these areas:
- All bathroom outlets
- All kitchen outlets within six feet of a sink
- All laundry room outlets within six feet of a sink
- Garages and sheds that have not been converted to living areas
- Virtually all outdoor outlets
Below-ground rooms that are not finished living areas also need GFCI protection, so if you happen to have a storm shelter or basement storage area, we’ll cover you there, too.
Businesses and industrial buildings need GFCI protection as well. Our commercial electricians can perform those installations to get you up to code.
GFCI Outlets vs GFCI Breakers
You can use either GFCI outlets or breakers, or both. Code requires GFCI protection, whichever way you want it. A GFCI breaker protects all outlets and switches on the given circuit. A protected outlet can only shut off its own power and any branches further down the line.
If you only need to replace or add a few outlets, you probably want GFCI outlets. If you need to protect most or all outlets, we can discuss whether a GFCI breaker would be more convenient and cost-effective.
Contact Us for Professional GFCI Installation
We guarantee our work and your satisfaction 100%. Aaron’s Electrical Service only sends our own skilled, licensed, insured electricians to do the job. We show up on time, with the right parts and tools.