Flickering lights, sparking wires, electrical shocks or burns. These are all warning signs that your home’s electrical system may not be operating safely could potentially cause major disasters. Lots of homeowners neglect to pay these warning signs the attention they truly deserve and wind up with severe fires or worse, death. But you don’t have to live with the dangers any longer – find out how you can protect yourself, your family members and your home by adding a grounding system.
Back in the day, old fashioned grounding systems included aluminum wires and clamping with very little or no outside grounding for the panel itself. This system has proven to be unsafe and in recent years, electrical code has changed to reflect these concerns. If you still have one of these old systems, you need to have it inspected right away!
Current code requires at least a #4 bare copper wire attached with a copper clamp to a clean, copper pipe and that this wire must run all the way back to the panel. Code also requires an outside eight foot grounding rod attached with copper wire to the panel box itself. It is also essential that a deoxidizing agent is used on the copper pipe to assure that it will not corrode and cause a degradation in the grounding connection.
At Lon Lockwood Electric, your safety is our first concern. If you suspect that your grounding is not up to current code (older than about 10 years), please call us as soon as you can and make an appointment for us to come in and inspect your grounding system for you. (585) 766-4702.