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Update Your Outlets

old outlets replacedA new year has begun, and spring is just around the corner. With spring comes spring cleaning, but cleaning doesn’t need to stop at dusting and mopping. It may be time to clean out your old outlets and upgrade to new ones. But how can you be sure you should replace them? Is it necessary? Is your home at any risk if you don’t? There are a few key signs that determine if it’s time for an upgrade, see if your home is due for one!

  1. If your home was built long ago, it’s time to upgrade! Everyone loves a classic look in a home, but no one wants the inner-workings of a classic home. Old homes tend to have faulty electric if it hasn’t been maintained, this alone should let the owner know the electric, and outlets, need an upgrade.
  2. 3’s never a crowd. 3-prong outlets are a must anymore, 2-prong outlets pose too much of a risk – especially if they’re ungrounded. This goes along with upgrading an older electric system in an older home. Make sure to replace any 2-prong outlets along the way in your electric remodel.
  3. Smell fish? Have you ever walked into a room and smelt an aroma of fish, but no one has cooked any? This could be a sign that you have a bad outlet and is currently melting/burning a plug inside it. This is a huge problem and could cause even bigger ones if not taken care of immediately. Find the source, unplug it with caution, and plan to replace the outlet entirely as well as have the wiring checked as soon as possible.
  4. Water and electric don’t mix! OF course, that’s an obvious statement, but did you know you need specific outlets in areas where water use is heavy? Rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, pool rooms, etc., are required to have GFCI outlets. GFCI stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter and the simple definition is a device that shuts off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person. This specific outlet requirement could save a life one day.

If you feel like your home is due for a major upgrade after reading that, consider this your sign. Take your home into 2018 and beyond and keep your home safe with a full electrical upgrade.

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