Ungrounded Electrical Wiring

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For the safety of yourself and your appliances, you need to make sure that your electrical system is properly grounded. Grounded the system ensures that it is safe. When a system is grounded, it allows excess electricity to be transmitted into the ground. In return, this means that the excess electricity will not be sent to someone or an important appliance.

Grounding Is Safer

At the end of the day, grounding is electrical system is vital. Otherwise, you’ll be more likely to get electrocuted. Your appliances could also be ruined. Grounding your system provides the following benefits.

Protecting Your Loved Ones

Above all else, it is pertinent to protect your loved ones. If your system isn’t grounded, you’re putting your spouse and kids at risk of being electrocuted. Excess electricity won’t be sent into the ground. Instead, it could travel through a toaster. If your child touches the toaster, the child will get electrocuted. If the installer had grounded the system, this won’t be a problem. The electricity is transmitted through a third prong before going into the ground. As a result, no one will be hurt.

Protecting Assets

Electronics and appliances are expensive so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them in good condition. An electrical surge could destroy this equipment. If the system isn’t grounded, there is a higher risk that your equipment will be destroyed. Grounding the system reduces the likelihood that this will happen. Any damage caused by excess voltage will shorten the lifespan of your electronics and appliances. Get your system grounded immediately.

For Surge Protection

You need to have a surge protection system in place to protect your electronics. After all, you don’t want to replace your computer every time there is a power surge. Surges happen when the power is rapidly increased. If your power goes out, you may experience a surge when the power comes back on. It is common for this to turn appliances on and off. Having surge protection in place will protect your appliances and electronics when the power goes off and on.

You probably have a surge protector for your laptop, but it may not be enough. You’ll need surge protectors for other electronics and appliances too. The only problem is that surge protectors aren’t going to help unless the system has been properly grounded. If you want to install and use surge protectors, be sure that your system is grounded. The professionals at H&A Pittsburgh Electrician can help.

Protecting Valuable Equipment

Truthfully, grounding your system is the best way to protect your appliances and electronics. However, this is not enough on its own. Instead, you should combine a grounded system with surge protection. A whole-house surge protector is recommended. Some appliances have built-in surge protectors. They’ll help although they’re not comprehensive. Adding a whole house surge protector can be costly, but replacing your appliances and electronics will be even more expensive.

The skilled technicians at H&A Pittsburgh Electrician can cover your surge protection needs. Call to get assistance.

Questions About Grounded Electrical Systems

Is My System Grounded?

Many homes built before the 1950s were not grounded. Homes built after that should be grounded although some won’t be. Call us so we can inspect your system to see if it is grounded.

Is My System Grounded If My Outlet Has Three Prongs?

Does your outlet have three prongs? Ultimately, this could mean that your system has been grounded but there is no guarantee. This outlet means that an appliance can be grounded, but it must be plugged into a grounded system. The system must be properly grounded or it could pose risks to your appliances and electronics.

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