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How Do GFCI Outlets Work & Does Your Home Need Them?

on November 10, 2017

Protect Your Home and Family with GFCI Outlets A GFCI, or a ground-fault circuit interrupter, is a receptacle or circuit that constantly monitors the electricity flowing and is able to sense any loss of current. If there is an imbalance of current between the ungrounded and grounded conductor of a given circuit, the GFCI will […]

Electrical Safety for Pets

on July 15, 2016

Most of us have had, or at least interacted with, pets at some point.  We grow up with the family pet, have taken our turn caring for someone’s pet while they’re away, and even adopt or acquire our own pet as time goes on.  We love them and care for them and they, in return, […]

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Circuit Breaker or Fuse Box?

on November 19, 2015

It used to be that all houses, buildings, and electrical equipment were protected by a fuse box. Many systems still are (your car, for example, uses a fuse box for its own electrical system).   As an electrical protection device, fuses are efficient and simple tools but as technology has advanced, so has our security […]

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What Is A GFCI?

on November 13, 2015

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) have one very simple job, keeping you and your home safe from a ground fault. You’ll find them attached to outlets near sinks or anyplace with a nearby open water source.  They’re also located on high demand devices such as hair dryers and space heaters.  Garages and outdoor outlets have them as well.  But what’s a […]

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What Makes Up Your Home’s Electrical System?

on October 16, 2015

Most of us only recognize electricity as that utility that costs so much each month or is pulled from an outlet when we charge our devices.  But there’s more to your home’s electrical system than just charging a phone or your bank account.  At Mainstream Electric, we know how it works, but we’d like you […]