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Grounding Electrical Wiring

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While you may be familiar with the term “grounding,” it can be helpful to understand a little bit more about electrical grounding and how it promotes your safety and protects your appliances and electrical system as a whole. Grounding allows for an electrically-charged object to release electricity through a designated wire so it cannot cause electric shock to the next person who touches it. It can also protect appliances from overload and helps them work more efficiently. When you consider the number of electronic devices and appliances we use on a daily basis, it is easy to see why grounding is so important.

Proper grounding is an important part of our electrical installation and repair services. To learn more, call (925) 395-4069 to talk to a licensed Alamo, CA electrician.

How Does Electrical Grounding Work?

Electrical “grounding” got its name from literally sending electricity into the ground or earth, where it could cause no harm. It began as a safety measure to protect people from being shocked or electrocuted when coming into contact with electrical hazards. With grounding, the electricity is sent to a circuit breaker and the ground as opposed to a person’s body or the inside of an appliance, where it can cause serious damage.

Today, electrical grounding works by:

  • Sending electricity back to your electrical panel, tripping the circuit breaker and stopping the flow of electricity.
  • In turn, the grounding wire must be connected to something that is then connected to the ground or earth outside. This is usually a grounding electrode, such as a ground rod.

Electrical grounding is required under electrical codes across the United States. While each jurisdiction may have its own variation of electrical codes, they all require grounding and set forth specifications to set electrical grounding standards.

Call an Alamo residential electrician at (925) 395-4069 today.

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