What is Electric Grounding?   

Electrical grounding is a backup pathway that provides an alternating route for the current to flow back to the ground if there is a fault in the wiring system. It facilitates a physical connection between the ground and the electrical equipment and appliances in your home.

The electricity in a residential wiring system consists of electrons flowing through metal circuit wires and this electricity is always looking for the shortest possible route back to the ground. So, if there is a problem with the neutral wire, grounding your electrical system will provide a direct pathway to the ground and prevent power surges that can invite electrical hazards.

How Electrical Grounding Works and Why it is Important  

Every electrical outlet has a third slot that carries a ground connection which safely directs the electric surges caused by faulty wiring or inadequate insulation into the ground, thereby averting shocks, short circuit or fire. Electrical grounding is the safest and the most effective way to ensure that your home electrical system is a whole lot safer for your property, assets and people.

Electrical grounding helps direct electric supply safely and efficiently throughout your residential electrical system, stabilizes voltage levels to keep circuits from overloading and prevents property damage and injury.

You can follow this 5-step checklist using a receptacle testing device with complete caution for electrical grounding test:

Step 1 – The first sign of proper electric grounding is your outlet. If it is a three-prong outlet with a U-shaped slot, then you can safely conclude that it is a grounding component.

Step 2 – Insert the red probe of your circuit tester into the smaller slot of the outlet. This outlet is the hot wire that supplies power to your appliances.

Step 3 – Insert the black probe into the bigger slot of the outlet which is the neutral slot. This will complete your circuit.

Step 4 – Check for the indicator light. It will light up if your outlet is grounded and if it does not light up, reverse the black and red probes. If the indicator does not show up in either electrical grounding test, then the outlet is not grounded and is not safe for use.

Step 5 – Repeat all the 4 steps in all the outlets of your home to ensure each and every outlet is safely grounded. Most old properties have undergone a lot of work and renovation and so, not every outlet may have been redone.

Electric grounding test is very important to raise the electrical safety levels in your existing accommodation and ensures that all your electrical installations are safe and stay safe over their entire service life.

Do not use a three-prong outlet with faulty wiring because it can invite a fire. Call a certified electrician and fix the issue immediately. We stock an extensive inventory of safety switches, electrical supplies and materials that can greatly minimize the risk of short circuits and fires. Call us at (800) 458-9600 and talk directly with our sales professionals.