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If your home was built before the 1960s, there's a chance that your electrical system hasn't been grounded. Electrical grounding acts as a backup plan when something goes wrong with your electrical system. At Reliable Heating & Air, our Atlanta electricians will ground your electrical system to divert electrical current safely into the ground instead of surging dangerously throughout your home.
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Grounding is essentially a backup wiring route that directs electrical current into the ground when there's a problem in the wiring system.
See, when there's a break or surge in your wiring system, electricity will naturally take the path of least resistance. When your system is grounded, that path of least resistance will be directly into the ground, instead of back into your home where it can fry electronic devices or injure family members.
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After inspecting your electrical system, your electrician will recommend the most reliable grounding option for your home. They'll be sure to let you know the cost of the job before starting any work.
On the day of the electrical grounding, we will:
- Locate the best spot outside your home to install the grounding rods
- Turn off the electricity to install the grounding system
- Turn the electricity back on to make sure everything is working right
- Clean up any mess we made
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If we could have done something better when grounding your home's electrical system, let us know in the follow-up survey. We'll do everything we can to make it right.
Of Grounding Your Electrical System
Grounding your home's electrical system helps:
- Prevent damage to appliances and devices. With a grounded electrical system, surges of electricity (like lightning strikes) are directed into the earth. This means the overload of electrical current won't fry your expensive appliances or electrical devices.
- Stabilize voltage levels. Grounding an electrical system makes sure the electrical current goes where it's supposed to, which means fewer fluctuations that can cause lights to flicker or electrical buzzing noises.
- Protect your family from injury. Without a grounded system, a surge of electricity doesn't have anywhere to go besides elsewhere in your electrical system. That surge could create a fatal shock or even start a fire.
To Ground Electricity
A grounding system typically includes:
- Ground rods (ground electrodes): Copper rods of various length and diameter that direct electricity into the ground. These rods are installed outside of your house, close to the electrical panel.
- Ground wire (grounding electrode conductor): The wire that connects, and diverts electrical current from, your home's electrical system to the ground rods. It's important that the wire can easily be routed from the electrical panel to the ground rod.
- Grounding clamp: A clamp that connects the grounding wire to the grounding rod. The clamp should be connected securely enough that the wire won't come loose or disconnect from the rod if disturbed.
You Need Your Electrical System Grounded
We recommend having a professional electrician ground your home or inspect your current electrical grounding system if you notice:
- Electrical shocks. If you feel any kind of electrical shock when touching a metal appliance, an electrical device, piping or ductwork, the problem could be faulty grounding.
- A lot of two-pronged outlets in your home. Outlets with only two prong sockets don't have a grounding wire. That third socket on three-pronged outlets is the one that grounds the outlet. Adapters that allow you to plug three-pronged plugs into two-pronged outlets won't ground the outlet properly.