A properly grounded building is very important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, grounding protects everyone in the building from an unpredictable electrical shock. A powerful electrical storm can rocket through a building with zero response time, and the only way to stop it is to redirect that energy with a proper ground.
Another big reason to ground your home is to protect your appliances. This list of appliances found in most every home all require at the least a grounded receptacle, if not a dedicated circuit. They are;
- Washing Machines
- Any piece of equipment with a 3- pronged male-end plug
Unless these appliances are grounded, they will pose a shock hazard, and if surged upon, can become damaged without recourse. Computers in particular are sensitive to electric shock and surges.
Unlike electrical shocks from ungrounded plugs, surges are random spikes in the power flow that happen without notice. Every-time someone turns on an appliance, or makes a large draw on the system, this will offset the flow of electricity, an event known as a ‘surge’.
Surges are inevitable, they happen periodically throughout the day with few people even noticing them. However, if a large, unexpected surge happens to come your way, there is really no way to prepare for it other to have a properly installed surge protector. While surge protectors that are plugged into a standard outlet are OK for most items, unless that plug is grounded, the shock hazard still exists. Protecting your whole home is a more practical thing to do. A professionally grounded home will help prevent shock hazards; and a whole house surge protector will protect you from any rogue surges that might otherwise damage your appliances.
With Edison Electric, a Minneapolis based Commercial and residential electrical contractor, we are able to install a whole house surge protector, and perform inspections that will uncover each plug on your property is not properly grounded and protected from whatever electrical power surge that comes its way.
To learn more bout how we can help you protect your treasured home, give us a call at 612-385-7864