New Electrical Standards Laws in Mass. (MA)

A new construction code was just announced to go on the books for January 2009. Many contractors are implementing the new code now in order to be ahead for the New Year.

The new code states that all electrical outlets must have a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). The code stated up until recently that these only needed to be installed in areas 8’ from any water source, so you might already have them installed in your kitchen. However, this new code is helping to update old construction and start new construction in the right direction.

GFIs are naturally very sensitive. A reset button is located between the duel outlets. This is easily pushed back in to reset that outlet. The GFI helps to eliminate tripped circuits by catching the surge at the source. This will help you maintain power in a long line with 8 outlets with only 1 outlet being shut down due to the GFI being activated. You can still have power in this example in the other 7.

This is all the more reason to install a battery back up sump pump system and make sure that your sump pumps have alarms,” Says Mike Oliveira from Pioneer Basement Waterproofing. “Having a sensitive GFI means the outlets can trip easier, leaving you unprotected if you are just running an AC power pump. Not having an alarm on your pump and by not having any notice of a GFI trip you can be without power on that outlet for a long time before you notice.”

For instance, if your TV were to black out by your lamp to stay on, you would know visually that it was the outlet that your TV was plugged into that needs to be reset. How about the basement? If your sump pump or storage refrigerator was plugged in and the GFI tripped, how would you know?

All pumps from Pioneer Basement are sold with a DC2 Switch control box which not only has an audible alarm to let you know it’s not receiving power, but it can also be tied into a home security system. The DC2’s security features are also built right into the Battery Monitoring systems for all of Pioneer’s Battery Back up Sump pumps. By having a battery back up system to start with, even when the GFI trips, your system can still run, function and protect your basement from flooding.

“As far as I know we’re the only company in our area providing this advanced protection for our customers,” Oliveira states.

For more information on the new code regarding GFIs in Mass: www.mass.gov
The “Electrical Code” in Massachusetts is 527 CMR 12.00.
http://www.mass.gov/Eeops/docs/dfs/osfm/cmr/cmr_secured/527012.pdf

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Acton, MA Customer Happy with Pioneer Basement

Every now and again we receive letters from customers talking about how happy they are with Pioneer Basement’s system, installers, customer service and drainage performance.

I like to share these letters in hopes that people who are doing research about Pioneer Basement Waterproofing in Westport, MA might stumble upon them and take them into consideration as they look into some of our references.

More letters from customers can be found on: http://www.pioneerbasement.com/forum/blog.php

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Acton, MA 01720

July 3rd, 1997

Dear Mr. Andras,

I am taking the time to drop you a letter to express my appreciation for the job your installation crew performed today in my home. The work was accomplished professionally, quickly and neatly. I was especially pleased with the care taken to route the drain piping which was complicated by the peculiarities of my basement. There was no noticeable debris left behind and the work was accomplished in a very workmanlike manner. There was no damage to my lawn, garden or shrubbery or to anything inside the basement, including water and oil lines in the area of the work.

Your crew carried themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times.

Your project manager, Pat R, did a very creditable job of explaining options and working with me in selecting a design matched to the needs of my home.

I have not yet had the opportunity to see how the systems works long-term, but my initial experience with your company was very positive. By the way, one of the reasons I decided to select Pioneer was the Better Business Bureau reliability report indicating that you have had no complaints over the last three years.

Yours truly,

James D.”””””