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Broken Safety Grounds

January 27th Fact-of-the-Day

Electric power outlet safety grounds (also called equipment grounds) generally return to a main power panel and then connect to a large-gauge ground wire that is clamped to an incoming water pipe. Home owners often install various types of water treatment devices such as water softeners, mechanical filters, reverse osmosis filters, electromagnetic water conditioners, or magnetic water conditioners after original home construction and wiring. Sometimes those devices are installed in a main water line between the power panel ground-point and water pipe entrance. Some water filters have plastic pipe couplers or plastic pipes that break the electrical ground circuit. In those cases, the ground wire either should be reconnected to the street-side of the filter or the filter should be bridged with a large-gauge electrical conductor. ©2005 Martek International All rights reserved.

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