grounding 2 prong outletsAre you trying to learn about grounding 2 prong outlets? If you home is 20 years old and has 2 prong outlets, you should consider grounding. The newer three-prong outlets prevent appliances and other electrical gadgets from being destroyed in the event of a power surge. If your electronics mean anything to you, then it’s important to protect them by plugging them into grounded outlets.

Another purpose for the grounding wire is to protect the people who use the appliance. The ground wire coming out of the plug connects to some of the wiring inside of the electronic device. If the wires inside the appliance become loose and contact, say, the casing of the microwave, the electrical current will flow through the ground wire instead of your body. In other words, grounding your 2 prong outlets could save your life.

The outlet boxes in older homes may or may not have a ground wire already present. A grounding upgrade is much easier when a ground wire already runs through the house. Very old homes that still have their original wiring, have to be rewired in order to ground all of the old 2 prong outlets. This type of rewiring often requires permits and more labor and parts. However, the new, improved wiring will provide far better safety and protection for your home, your belongings, and your family.

What about ground fault circuit interrupter plugs?

If you want to ground your 2 prong outlets but don’t want to have your entire house rewired, there is one possible alternative. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plugs will “trip” when uneven electrical currents run through both lines in the plug. A tripped GFCI doesn’t allow any electrical current to run to or from anything plugged into it. In modern homes, GFCI plugs must be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, outdoors, laundry rooms, and anywhere else water is commonly present.

Residential electric service providers should be experts in the regulations and installation of grounding 2 prong outlets. This is one of the most common upgrades in existing homes. Electricians know about the new GFCI installation requirements for new homes. Unsure of which plug upgrades you need for your home?  Your electrician will be able to explain it all to you in easy to understand terms.

Grounding the 2 prong outlets in your home can be a quick upgrade that will provide protection for years to come. Your family’s safety and the longevity of your expensive electronics are important to you, so don’t leave all of that to chance. If you are considering grounding your 2 prong outlets, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243 for fast and courteous service.