Why is it important to check Earthing and Bonding?

You may have a rudimentary knowledge of electrical matters, or perhaps you know nothing. Today we're going to be discussing earthing and bonding, and why it's important to check them.

Question is, why do we need to check them?

The reason for this is simple. When an electrician is going to be working on your installation it's important that he checks that the earthing and bonding are of the required standard, because if they're not, an accident could happen. You may have done some of the work yourself, but if you've called out a professional electrician, he will need to see that it's in a good enough condition to keep you safe.

Sometimes people are confused about what exactly is earthing and bonding, and mistakenly think they're both the same thing. You may find that some electricians refer to them as earth bonding and this can lead you to think they're one and the same, but they're not.

Earthing – what is it?

Earthing protects you from an electrical shock. This happens when you touch a live part and the electricity uses you as a conductor. Earthing will create a path which is known as a protective conductor, so the current will flow to earth (rather than through you!!). It also does something else rather clever, it actually causes the fuse or circuit-breaker to switch off the current to the circuit with the fault.

Regardless of whatever it is that's faulty, it won't be able to cause an electrical shock if you have protective conductors, which is the earthing we've been talking about. As you can imagine, it's fundamentally important in order to keep people from potentially fatal accidents.

The job of earthing is to simply keep electrical equipment safe. All the metallic parts are grounded so that when an appliance stops working, it can be taken apart and repaired without causing an electrical shock.

Bonding – what is it?

Bonding reduces the risk of a shock where two separate parts (metal) are at risk of a fault which could cause an accident. When two bonding conductors are between specific parts, the voltage is reduced which means, it's less far less dangerous. Main bonding and supplementary bonding are the types of bonding that are usually used.

Electrician in Glasgow

An electrician who comes to look at your earthing and bonding will check it thoroughly and let you know if it needs further work to improve it's safety. It goes without saying that the electrician you use must be fully qualified, experienced and of course, registered, preferably with Select. This way you'll know that any advice you've been given is reliable and can be acted upon.

GW Electrics – for all electrical installations

Here at GW Electrics, our team of electricians in Glasgow are all fully qualified, experienced, trained and registered. So you know you always have peace of mind when you hire one of us to take a look at your electrical installations. We're here to help and if there are any further questions regarding earthing or bonding, then please don't hesitate to get in touch