PREFACE: I know there's good and bad in every field (including mine) so don't go there. This is about the bad and YOU know who YOU are!
Did you ever just want to slap an idiot upside the head!
When I find outlets that nationally recognized safety standards say should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected, I always recommend a safety upgrade to my clients.
I've taken so much flack from real estate agents about this so many times I've lost count.
"Why do you have to bring that up. It didn't have to have it when this house was built so it doesn't have to be done now!"
WHY?? Well, because I know what can happen. I can lead you to the water. I can shove your head under the water. BUT, I can't make you drink.
But, of course they are right!!
The house is 100 years old. Didn't even have GFCI's then.
And there is no law that says it has to be upgraded.
(well, except for certain circumstances that aren't germane to this discussion, renovation, remodeling, etc.)
Those same agents are always sure to buckle their seat belts when they leave the inspection. Even though they didn't have seat belts 60 years ago!
I decided to gather up some articles and send em to several recent idiots.
Just thought I'd also share them with you here so you'll be more educated about why home inspectors recommend safety upgrades.
It is NOT important to us who pays for the upgrade, it's a recommendation for improved safety.
Summer Haven was in compliance with the code when the pool was built," Stocks said.
Sound like someone YOU know?
Two kids died but "it's okay" because it wasn't required when the pool was built.
The above are just examples. There are tons more.
Only you can choose what level of risk your family lives with. CHOOSE WISELY!!!
And don't forget to test those GFCI on a regular basis.
A short explanation I use with permission from Tom Lauhon, Midwest Inspectors Institute. (as best I remember it.)
A short explanation of GFCI.
There is a little electrician hiding in the GFCI outlets. He watches the electricity come in over one shoulder and go out over the other shoulder. If there's no difference, he just sits there. If a difference is created, (you drop your shaver or hair dryer into the tub or sink), he immediately shuts down the electricity attempting to keep you from being shocked.
The problem with your little electrician is that he has a boring job and he likes fishing. One of these days, he is going to get bored and just go fishing. When he does, he isn't coming back. The only way you're going to know if he is still in there is to test the GFCI outlet or breaker every 30 to 45 days.
Plug something into the outlet, hit the test button and then the reset button. If it shut down the power and then restored the power, the little electrician is still in there working for you. If it didn't, your little electrician has gone fishing. You need to get a licensed electrician to replace your little electrician.
OK, enough ranting. Choose wisely, grasshopper!