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Does a septic pump or sump pump require a GFCI-receptacle?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
2008 NEC Eliminates GFCI Exemption
Up until the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code, there was an exemption from the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) requirement for receptacles in wet areas when “a single receptacle or duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected.” [NEC 210.8(A) Exemption No. 2]
But the exemption was eliminated in the 2008 edition of the NEC, so newer installations must have a GFCI-protected receptacle if the receptacle is at wet location where the code requires it. This only applies to cord-and-plug connections of a septic or sump pump, because the code applies to receptacles, not the appliances that might be connected to them. So hard-wiring a pump would eliminate the necessity for GFCI-protection, except that recently the code has required pool pumps to be GFCI-protected even if hard-wired.
To Learn More About GFCI Receptacles
See our blog posts Where are GFCI receptacle outlets required? and When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required? and Does a receptacle outlet that is not readily accessible still need GFCI protection? for more on the GFCI code standards.
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