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    Ground Faults

    Why you need protection

    What is a Ground Fault?

    A ground fault happens when the grounding conductor, usually a bare wire, is conducting electricity back to the earth or "ground". This bare conductor is specifically installed for safety reasons. It's job is to cause breakers or fuses to trip, in order to clear a short. When this wire constantly Conducts electricity, It is referred to as ground fault.

    Why Should I Have Ground Fault Protection?

    Ground Fault Protection devices, such as GFI outlets and circuit breakers, turn off the circuit when the detect electricity flowing on the ground wire. These devices can even detect the current without the bare wire being present, by using electronic calculation of any imbalance between the "hot" or "phase" wire and the "neutral" wire. If there is any difference in current between the two wires, the device will determine that the energy is going to ground, causing it to shut off. The usual setting of these devices is five milliamps. That's only five one thousandths of 1 amp! 0.005 amps! Not even the smallest amount of electricity escapes these devices.

    What Does The National Electrical Code Say About Ground Fault (GFCI) Protection?

    GFCI outlets are required in all "high risk" areas of your home or office. GFCI are required in places like bathrooms, basements, garages, outdoor areas (without outlets), kitchens, and pools. One rule of thumb to follow: when outlets are near water sources - install GFI protection!!!

    How Can I Locate A Ground Fault?

    In most cases, ground faults are difficult to locate in your home or office. If you do have a ground fault, make sure you call a professional electrician. Ground faults are serious shock hazards, and they should only be handled by a professional electrician. Please call us now!

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