60-Amp Service Upgrades With Ungrounded Outlets Featured Image

On May 15th, 2018, Robart Electrical Services Ltd. conducted a 60 to 100 amp service upgrade, and subsequently, the property owners decided to sell the property.

This project was executed with an Edmonton electrical permit and underwent inspection, receiving approval from a certified inspector from The Inspection Group on May 15th. Epcor handled the disconnection of the service for upgrading and returned later in the day for reconnection. A copy of the acceptable inspector’s report is available upon request. However, when the buyers brought in a home inspector, the project failed inspection, as the home inspector noted that all of the home’s ungrounded outlets were not adequately protected.

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On May 15th, 2018, Robart Electrical Services Ltd. completed a 60 to 100 amp service upgrade for the property. Subsequently, the owners opted to sell the premises. The project, conducted under an Edmonton electrical permit, underwent inspection and received certification from an accredited inspector of The Inspection Group on the same day. Epcor managed the disconnection and later performed the reconnection.

A certified inspector’s report, confirming compliance, is available upon request.

Upon the buyers’ acquisition of the property, a home inspector was engaged. Unfortunately, the inspector deemed the project unsuccessful, citing a lack of protection for all ungrounded outlets in the house.

It’s essential to note that residential service upgrades are typically required for houses constructed before 1965. During this era, original construction wiring often lacked ground wires, rendering the houses ungrounded. The Canadian Electrical Code 10-400 (1) permits ungrounded circuits to persist if protected by GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) measures. In response to this, the city of Edmonton, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and local underwriters have set forth minimum requirements for 60 amp upgrades:

  1. GFI protection in each bedroom
  2. Protection for the receptacle nearest to the entertainment center
  3. Protection for the receptacle closest to the kitchen sink

These stipulations represent the basic requirements mandated by local jurisdictions. While these modifications do not provide comprehensive protection for the entire wiring system, regulatory authorities have deemed them crucial. Therefore, they are considered the minimum standards.

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