Home Electrical Ground – Is It Failing?

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Every electrical system is designed including a ground. If the ground stops functioning properly, the house and anything plugged into the system is put at risk. But, how do you know when an electrical ground is failing? Here, you will learn what an electrical ground does, the problems that could be caused by a failing ground and what symptoms to watch for to know if the ground in your home is failing.

What does the electrical ground do?

In basic terms, the electrical ground catches any uncontained electricity in your home electrical system and reroutes it outside of your home safely into the ground.

Why is a failing electrical ground dangerous?

If the ground fails, your home is at risk of fire, damaged electrical devices and appliances and increased electrocution and shock. In many cases, the electrical shock experienced is not enough to cause anything more than a zap or burn, but if you or someone in the home has a heart condition, it could cause the heart to stop.

How do you know that a ground is failing?

There are three main symptoms of a failing electrical ground. They include:

High Electric Bills – If you notice a sudden spike in your electrical bills, it could be caused by an electrical wire touching the ground wire somewhere in the system. The ground wire will then pull the electrical current from the electrical wire and carry it outside into the ground. The electricity will not be used by anything in the home, but you will be billed for it because it is being carried through your electric meter into your home.

Dimming Lights – If you notice the lights dimming when your furnace, refrigerator, stove or washing machine turn on, there could be a bad ground connection somewhere. You should never see lights dim in your home because there should be a steady, even flow of electricity throughout the home that is more than enough to power all of your appliances and lights.

Electrical Zap – When you touch an appliance, light switch or other electronic gadget, do you ever feel a light zap? This little zap is likely a sign that there is something wrong with the electrical system somewhere, and it could very well be the ground.

If you notice any or all of these issues in your home, don't hesitate to call for help. Your electrician can help you find the problem and make the necessary repairs before something more serious goes wrong. For more information, contact Skyline Electric, Inc. or a similar company.

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