Re: GFCI Won't Reset After Minor Water in Basement
Have you tried drying out the other outlets on that circuit? It could be that an outlet or wiring downstream of the GFI is still wet, or that something plugged into one of those other outlets is still wet.
Try unplugging everything on that circuit and resetting the GFI. If it stays reset, plug things in one by one until it pops. Then you know the culprit.
It's also possible that the GFI may be water damaged and needs to be replaced.
The electrical code requires the washing machine to be on a dedicated circuit. It's a good idea for the sump pump to be on a dedicated circuit, too, since it's something you don't want losing power unnecessarily.
The code may allow for some of these appliances to be on non-GFI receptacles (even in a location where GFI is required, IF they are on a dedicated circuit with a single -- not duples -- receptacle), but someone more knowledgeable than I will have to respond.
Last edited by Fencepost; 09-10-2011 at 12:05 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.