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Securing residential electrical systems using new earthing methods : Chemical Earthing

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Earthing is used to protect you from an electric shock. It does this by providing a path (a protective conductor) for a fault current to flow to earth. It also causes the protective device (either a circuit-breaker or fuse) to switch off the electric current to the circuit that has the fault. Safety is paramount and it should not be on the last of the priority list but the first thing that should pop up.

Electrical safety systems are very important in our daily lives. There is no alternative to being safe than taking the safety measures and since it involves a huge risk, the best measures must be taken, and you should not compromise on the quality for price. So, in this blog, we are going to focus on the awareness towards ‘Earthing’ as a required practice. Also, we are going to understand the outline of how earthing is done for residential buildings.

The advantages of earthing the electrical installations are as follows.

  • The electrical system is related to the potential of the general earth mass and cannot reach a different potential. The potential of the earth is zero volts and is known as the neutral of the electricity supply. This helps in keeping the balance.

  • Another advantage is that metal can be used in electrical installations without having to worry about conductivity. Though metal is a good conductor of electricity, proper earthing ensures that metal parts not meant to be used for current transfer can be included in the system. This is done by providing a separate path for this faulty current, enabling its immediate detection and stoppage.

  • In cases of surges in the voltage, high voltages can pass through the electricity circuit. These kinds of overload can lead to damaging of devices and danger to human life. When earthing is installed with the electrical installations, the current is routed through a different path and does not affect the electrical system.

  • An electrical circuit has to be connected together with a lot of attention to the kind of reactions each transformer may have in response to any action on the part of any other transformer. The earth is an ever-present conductive surface and helps configure these relationships between different electrical sources and makes them easier to handle.

So, this is the reason why we install earthing systems in our houses. Here, at Atharva Infrastructures, we focus on chemical earthing, an innovative and modern form of earthing systems. These earthing systems offer added benefits, as compared to the conventional earthing systems.

Have you ever wondered how dangerous an unprotected electrical system can be to you? Or, have you ever thought how disastrous an unguarded electricity, that lights your life, can be to you? Given the following considerations, why do people consider electrical safety as an option? In fact, people should take the necessary precautions to keep themselves immune from the upcoming tragedies. So, the question is to understand the process of earthing. So, we'll understand how chemical earthing is done for residential buildings, or houses.

To earth a building, you first dig a pit where to bury the ground rod. The pit should be close to the house and about 3 meters deep (subject to vary according to electrode size).

  • Put a layer of a backfill compound SOILTREAT, and place the electrode vertically inside the pit. Fill the remaining portion of the pit with the layer of a backfill compound.

  • Connect the earthing link and the electrode using the earth wire.

  • Adjust the clamp using the spanner and plier.

  • Once done with the connection, test for continuity using the continuity tester.

So, these steps might have helped you to understand how the process of earthing an equipment using chemical earthing method is done. But, for any electrical work done at your home, use a qualified electrician. They will check that your earthing and bonding arrangements are to the required safety standards. However, you can check if your house wiring is properly earthed, or not. It is important you know how to check if your house is earthed, and also if it works properly.

  • If you want to check for your house earthing, use a test lamp, or a multimeter.

  • To use a test lamp, plug the wires from the lamp into the positive and negative ports of the outlets or socket.

  • The positive port of the socket should be the right hole, while the negative should be the left hole. ON the switch, the bulb will glow brightly.

  • Remove the negative wire and insert it into the earthing port of the socket (the top hole).

  • The bulb should glow brightly as before. If it does not glow, it means there is no earthing in the house. But if the bulb glows and dims, it means that the earthing is faulty.

But, what would happen if our house is not earthed?

If the house is not earthed, people could get electrocuted, when there is a power surge. Without an earth connection, the safety switches will not work and an electrical fault could cause a house or appliances to become 'live' as the current flows to earth. Electrodes often do not work because: the electrode is corroded or damaged. It may also damage appliances and sometimes cause a fire outbreak.

Also, The National Electric Code recommends earthing on every new building, and old ones to be earthed during a renovation. An electrician can easily tell if your house has a good earthing and bonding system. These reasons alone are the strong points for earthing your houses, keeping yourself secure. As an electricity user, it is your duty to make sure your house is properly earthed and bonded. Also, it is recommended to use tested proven new methods in not only earthing, but for every security system we use, to maximize security and decrease the chance of failure. So, the chemical earthing method would be a good fit keeping up-to-date the security system of your homes.

These reasons alone are the strong points for earthing your houses and keeping yourself secure. As an electricity user, it is your duty to make sure your house is properly earthed and bonded.

Analyze your surroundings, your buildings, and your electrical safety systems.

As for electrical safety systems, earthing the electrical equipment is very essential. The fire department has made fire audits compulsory especially in summers because it is during summers that earthing systems do not perform. Therefore, having your earthing systems checked can save a lot of consequential damages, as the proverb goes "A stitch in time saves nine".

We at Atharva Infrastructures have always prioritized our customers’ safety.

The reason we stand out is because we do not compromise on safety as well as quality. Now as the monsoon season has set in motion, we have to be vigilant.

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