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Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) devices have been in properties in varying
degrees since the early 1970's. Failures in these devices are the number one
common electrical issue that I comment on when doing property inspections. Like
most items in a home, not too much thought are given to items until they give
problems. However; a problem with a GFCI device cannot be detected until it is
too late. Every year approximately 300 electrocutions occur and thousands of
people are seriously burned due to GFCI failures. Many could have been prevented
if monthly maintenance had been administered. ALL manufactures of GFCI devices
require monthly testing. To the best of my knowledge, all newer devices built
since 2002 have "Monthly Testing Recommended" molded in the plastic facing on
When I point out to my customers that monthly
testing of these devices is highly recommended, just about all my clients
respond with, "I did not know that." I send out a monthly reminder list to my
customers prompting home owners to check various items around their properties.
If you want to be added to this monthly newsletter and reminder list, just
For more information about how GFCI devices
work and testing guidelines, go to my
website chiblogs.com and
click on Electrical. Ground Fault Circuits
is at the bottom of the blog roll.
This posting and the
contents written here are the intellectual property of
Thornton an ASHI Certified inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
providing Nashville home inspections
for Davidson county and
home inspections for
County and other areas of Middle Tennessee. The views and opinions expressed are just that
- views and opinions of Michael Thornton and those who comment. This post
is part of the ActiveRain Real Estate Network, which is a social network
highlighting the best of Web 2.0. Information and is provided with the
intent of educating and assisting home owners, home sellers, home buyers and
real estate investors with information they can use to make better real
This posting and the contents herein is the intellectual property of Michael Thornton,CEO of The Complete Group.
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