sump pump in basement connected to a GFCI outlet?


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Old 05-17-14, 05:37 PM
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sump pump in basement connected to a GFCI outlet?

as i have learned outlets in an unfinished basement must be GFCI.
that said what about sump pumps or pumps to be used in the event of flooding due to a burst pipe etc? will devices of this sort contribute to tripping a GFCI in effect defeating their purpose?

sorry if this question seems silly, i am just trying to learn every theoretical aspect of my intended project?
 
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Old 05-17-14, 05:43 PM
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Power to a sump pump is required to be GFCI protected.
 
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Old 05-17-14, 05:48 PM
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Only if the pump is defective or the water rises to the level of the recptacle but then the GFCI is the least of your worries.
 

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thanks
will same apply to the washer also?

my research on this topic seems to say the only thing not to be GFCI in an unfinished basement is a dedicated alarm system?
 
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Old 05-18-14, 03:47 AM
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NEC or not, im not taking chances with the gfci on the sump. What code cycle is your area on? You might want to pretend its on an older cycle and use a single, standard outlet on that sump.

I will get blasted for saying this perhaps but I don't care.

However, put a gfci on that washer... that's not critical like a sump.

Is this new installation being inspected?
 
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Old 05-18-14, 07:09 AM
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NEC or not, im not taking chances with the gfci on the sump. What code cycle is your area on? You might want to pretend its on an older cycle and use a single, standard outlet on that sump.
I share your sentiments and just might be tempted to do the same thing, but I'd never admit it! I believe the 2008 NEC is the cycle that requires sump pumps to be GFCI protected. If the washer is in an unfinished basement, it also needs to be GFCI protected. I think I remember reading that the 2014 NEC is requiring all washers, regardless of location, to be GFCI protected.
 
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Old 05-18-14, 03:18 PM
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If the pump is tripping the GFI it needs to be replaced. A flooded basement can be fixed. A fatal shock is hard to recover from.
 
 

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