Jet Tubs and GFCI Protection

During a recent home inspection conducted in Parker Colorado by my company, Magpie Property Inspections LLC , these photos were taken. The home has an older jet tub installed which was operational during the inspection.  The installation, while older, was OK overall. The pump motor and electrical components were protected by an outlet which was GFCI protected. Jet tubs are required to have their own, separate GFCI outlet which is not connected to other bath outlets.

As discussed in a previous blog,  a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is an electrical outlet with a device that shuts off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, and/or in an unbalanced level. A GFCI works by monitoring the current which leaves a power source, such as the ungrounded or live wire and checks it against the current which returns to the neutral wire in the electrical system. If they become unequal due to a fault in the system, or an unusual demand on the system, or the current is somehow leaking in an unwanted way, the GFCI shuts the power off. The outlet will keep shutting off until the source of the problem is corrected. They are now required to be installed in these areas:

Bathrooms

Kitchens

Outside outlets

Garages

Basements

Laundry rooms

And a separate outlet is required for a jet tub as discussed.