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No electricity in all bathroom outlets

Hi, I am in the Greater Toronto Area and discovered that all bathroom outlets have no power today. I happened to be in the basement where the service breaker panel was located. I had only re-connected a loose wire from a gang box to a transformer that fed into the smoke alarms [20 amps]. I thought this was the source of the problem, so I disconnected and reconnected, but still no electricity to any of the bathroom outlets. None of the breakers tripped from "ON" to "OFF" or in the middle. The house is 6 years old and it was raining today, but no moisture in the basement. There is a breaker called "Washer Plugs", which I turned on and off, still no power in the bathroom plugs. I tested all the breakers individually and then the main breaker. Could the breaker in question - maybe "Washer Plugs" - become 'broken' and require replacement and if so, is that normal?

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You may have agfi outlet in the circuit. the outlet has 2 push buttons in the middle. it maybe an outside outlet that is tripped some contractors hook up the circiut like that

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