Electricity wants to “ground,” that is, it wants to remove negative energy so as to become balanced. In a home, neutral wires are used for grounding. In an outlet, one side is “hot” and the other side is neutral. If something goes wrong with the wiring, electricity could jump from one wire to another, potentially causing a fire. A third slot in an outlet serves as a grounding slot to prevent such occurrences. If you have an older home, it may lack three-prong outlets and thus not be grounded. If so, it is recommended to contact an electrician about upgrading. If your home still has a fuse box, it is further recommended to upgrade to a replacement electrical panel.
- One can easily determine if their house is grounded by examining the outlet and looking for a third, lower hole which is the grounding slot.
- Older homes are the usual culprit of ungrounded electrical systems. On homes constructed before 1965 there many be inferior grounding metals or no grounding at all.
- One should incur the cost to upgrade the wiring and panel on an older home to properly ground the residence against electrical issues.
“We could go into some lengthy engineering explanations about how electricity works, but we can provide a simpler discussion of the electrical flow in your house.”