24 Month Zero Interest on All Services!

Skip to Content
chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up chevron-right chevron-left arrow-back star phone quote checkbox-checked search wrench info shield play connection mobile coin-dollar spoon-knife ticket pushpin location gift fire feed bubbles home heart calendar price-tag credit-card clock envelop facebook instagram twitter youtube pinterest yelp google reddit linkedin envelope bbb pinterest homeadvisor angies

Outlet Grounding in Seattle

No Ground Wire in Outlet? Upgrade for Your Safety!

Many homes, particularly older homes, contain ungrounded two-prong outlets instead of modern three-prong outlets with grounding wires. While these outlets may have worked in the past, they are no longer suitable for modern energy demands and may pose a safety hazard when used to power too many appliances. Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air can inspect your home’s electrical system to ensure you and your family stay safe.

Call 206-203-4714 Now or Contact Our Seattle Electricians Online Today.

grounded wire graphic

What is Electrical Grounding?

Electrical systems include a positive charge, a negative one, and a ground to keep everything flowing properly. In the event of a problem with your wiring system, the grounding wire serves as an alternate pathway for electrical current to flow. Without grounding, that excess hot current could end up flowing into other materials, such as your home’s plumbing pipes or wood framing. This is as dangerous as it sounds — in fact, it’s the source of many electrical shocks and fires.

When a home isn’t grounded, you could find yourself getting shocked more often, and your expensive appliances and electronics could fry. Is your home properly grounded? One way to check is to look at your existing outlets. If they look like the “no ground” image pictured here, they are not grounded.

Ways to Meet Code with Grounding

Ground rods are also essential. NEC code requires two eight-foot rods driven into the ground. Usually, there is a copper wire coming out of the home down into the ground to connect them to the electrical panel. If you have no ground, you owe it to yourself to have a technician look over your electrical system.

Install a Ground Wire at Every Outlet

To do this, you would either rewire all of the outlets or pull a stranded ground wire from box to box. The rewire method is recommended since the labor is the same cost. Our Seattle electricians can handle this process quickly and efficiently.

Install GFCI Breakers

These special breakers act the same as a GFCI outlet but they control all of the outlets/lights hooked to the breaker.

GFCI-Protect the Circuits or Individual Outlets

You can swap out every outlet in the home that is ungrounded with a GFCI outlet and the GFCI outlet can act as a physical ground.

Why You Need to Upgrade Your Two-Prong Outlets

Along with dangers of shock, grounding problems can make for issues such as a hum in electronics and even static in old TVs! By making sure your system is properly grounded, you’ll likely save on your electrical bill while enjoying better performance from your appliances.

Contact Seatown Electric Plumbing Heating and Air today for updated grounding in Seattle.

Schedule Your Estimate or Service Today!