25 Aug 15

You’ve found your dream home – it is in your favorite neighborhood with a great floorplan and more charm than you can ask for. While this is the house you have been looking for, taking the time to inspect the systems of the home can help you make sure the home you purchase is safe. Working with a Tulsa electrician can help you identify any upgrades needed to make sure your home is up to code.

One common improvement that homeowners should discuss with a licensed electrician relates to the outlets in certain rooms of your home. This conversation can identify why ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets are a critical update for homeowners to have done.

What is important about GFCI outlets?

Designed to reduce the risk of electric shock, these special outlets feature a built-in circuit breaker that interrupts the flow of electricity the instant it senses a ground fault or current leak. While local codes vary, places they are generally required inside a home are areas that are near moisture. While you are working with a professional Tulsa electrician have them make sure the exterior receptacles should be up to code as well.

Is this an upgrade I can do myself?

Like any skilled trade, electricians go through training to get their knowledge and must show proficiency for certain licensure GFCI outlets can be an important safety feature, but they must be properly installed to be effective. In both new construction and remodeling that requires permits or inspections, having the work done properly the first time can mean the difference between passing inspection and having to do additional adjustments. For those reasons, a licensed Tulsa electrician should be contacted for the installation to ensure your safety.

Regardless of your home’s age, size or price tag, electrical is one area that you should pay special attention to, and if needed, make the necessary improvements. If you are concerned about the safety of any outlets or wiring in your home, consider calling a licensed Tulsa electrician from the team at Colburn Electric for a thorough inspection. 

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