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Electricity powers your home, but it can be dangerous without a proper grounding system. Excess current surges can cause short circuits, damage electronics and appliances, and even lead to shocks and fires. You can count on Heatwave for solutions that ensure your safety and the proper functioning of your electrical system. A stable voltage can prolong the life of your devices and prevent flickering lights and other signs of current fluctuations. An effective electrical grounding system can fully protect your Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida home and its occupants.

What Is Electrical Grounding?

Electrical grounding, as the name suggests, is a method of routing electrical current safely into the ground. It consists of wiring that serves as a return path for electricity, which follows the path of least resistance. This makes electrical grounding systems highly effective at preventing surges from entering your home, where they could shock or burn people or overload and destroy electronic devices.

Proper grounding requires the use of ground rods, or grounding electrodes, typically made of copper. These rods connect your grounding system to the earth. Ground rods are usually 8 to 10 feet long and come in several different diameters. They can be stacked or joined using special clamps. According to the National Electrical Code (NEC), ground rods must be at least six feet apart if more than one is used, and the grounding system must have a grounding resistance of 25 ohms or less.

A ground wire links the ground rod to the service ground connection. This is typically a copper wire of 6 AWG or larger; however, a 4 AWG grounding electrode conductor is required for 200-amp systems. Other essential components of electrical grounding systems include grounding clamps, which connect the conductor/wire to the ground rod. These include oval-shaped acorn clamps, suited for direct burial applications, and two-piece brass-toothed clamps, which are best for use inside the home around water pipes.

Why Is Grounding Important?

Electrical grounding has a few benefits, including:

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