Grounding Outlets

August 22, 2017

3 Reasons To Have a Professional Install Grounding Outlets
If you own or rent a home with old electrical wiring, chances are that many of the wall outlets will not be grounded. Many years ago, before appliances and electrical devices were made with 3-prong plugs, electrical cords only had two prongs. The third ground wire was added to protect people and electrical devices in case of fault. The ground wire essentially gives the electricity a place to go in case it ever faulted. If a three-prong adapter is simply placed over the 2-prong outlet without rewiring it, you put yourself at risk for an electric shock, because the electricity will go through you instead of the ground, since it’s not there. What follows are three good reasons to have a professional install grounding outlets in your home.

Do It Right – The First Time
When it comes to matters of electricity and rewiring outlets or installing new, grounded three-prong outlets, it’s important to have an expert install them who understands how everything should be connected. The average homeowner doesn’t always have the knowledge or the experience in this field, and with something as precarious as electricity, it’s a good idea to contact a professional. Improperly wired outlets can result in ruining the electrical components of expensive gadgets, or at worst, giving you or another family member an electric shock.

Education and Know-How
Your local San Jose electrician has had specialized training the field – they’re going to know exactly what to do when it comes to hooking up grounding wires to your circuit breaker as well as proper procedures for installing new grounding outlets or rewiring existing two-prong outlets. Sometimes people think they can fix the problem themselves by just replacing the outlet covers with 3-prong covers, but that’s not the case – that plug still won’t be grounded, and it puts you at risk. New wiring that’s the correct size for the application needs to be installed correctly, and you can trust a professional who’s well-trained and educated to do the job right.

Save Money in the Long Run
When you hire a professional San Jose electrician to install grounding outlets, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re saving yourself money in the long run. It costs more of your money and time to try and do the research and do it yourself, purchase special tools, wiring, and other supplies that you likely won’t have on hand, as opposed to hiring a professional who has these things already. You’ll save yourself weekends of headaches and research when you decide to call a professional electrician who is an expert in the field.

If you need grounded outlets installed in your home, give us a call at Dollens Electric to find out how we can help. Our team of expert electricians is ready and willing to assist you, whether you need new grounded outlets or wiring for a new bathroom fan, we look forward to providing you with excellent customer service.