24 Mar 15

Older homes can be desirable for their character and quality construction. Whether you currently own a home that is more than 20 years old, or are looking to purchase a new residence, there are some electrical upgrades a professional can help with if they are necessary.

One simple improvement that homeowners should discuss with a Tulsa electrician relates to the outlets in certain rooms of your home. After discussion with an expert, you will quickly learn why ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets are a critical update to make.

What are GFCI outlets?

These special outlets feature built-in circuit breaker that interrupts the flow of electricity the instant it senses a ground fault or current leak. They are used to reduce the risk of electric shock. While local codes vary, places they are normally required in a home are near moisture. Exterior receptacles should be up to code as well.

Can I install these outlets myself?

Like any skilled trade, electricians go through training to get their knowledge and must show proficiency for certain certifications. For that reason, a licensed Tulsa electrician should be contacted for the installation to ensure your safety and the proper knowledge to manage this project correctly. GFCI outlets can be an important safety feature, but they must be properly installed to be effective.

What other reasons would I need to call in a professional?

When you call in a knowledgeable Tulsa electrician, they should be an expert on the local code in your area. This is essential in both new construction, remodeling that requires permits or inspections and having peace of mind in the quality of the work. If you were to sell your home with electrical that is not up to code, potential buyers might be concerned enough to ask for a discount or even walk away from the property. 

Whether your home is 30 years old, 60 years old or even nearing a century, electrical is one area that you should pay special attention to monitoring and making the necessary improvements. If you are concerned about the safety of any outlets or wiring in your home, call in a Tulsa electrician examine the situation and make the recommendations to keep you and your property safe.

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