With summer here, you can almost hear the collective sound of pool covers coming off. Temperatures are rising across the mid-Atlantic states and summer vacations are in full swing. But before we all start cannon-balling and sunbathing, we should take a moment to discuss pool bonding.
What is equipotential bonding?
Equipotential bonding is one of the most misunderstood, yet extremely important steps, in reducing the risk of shock to people in bodies of water such as pools, spas, and hot tubs. This process works to connect all the conductive elements in the pool area to essentially create one network that balances electrical voltage evenly, thus reducing the risk of creating a shock.
How is equipotential bonding different from grounding?
While both equipotential bonding and grounding are used and extremely important in this case, they serve very different purposes. As mentioned above, equipotential bonding connects and creates an equal balance of voltage potential between all conductive elements in your pool system, while grounding connects the electrical system back to the earth.
A ground electrical wiring system provides a low impedance path to prevent hazardous voltages from appearing on the electrical system.
Why is equipotential bonding important for your safety?
Without this connective bonding, electrical components and metal parts could carry varying levels of voltage potential. When an object serves as a “conductor” and connects two components of different voltage potential, the voltage will travel through the conductor to equal itself out. If not properly bonded, a person or body might act as a conductor if contact is made with two unbalanced components, thus causing an electrical shock.
How does it work?
Equipotential bonding works to eliminate voltage gradients by creating a natural conductive path, or electrical highway for components to maintain an equal voltage potential. When all conductive parts are bonded mechanically and electrically, it eliminates the potential for shock hazard as each of the parts will maintain the same voltage potential; keeping you and your family safe.
With a little bit of effort, you can create an environment that is free from electrical hazards and safe for your family. If you need an electrical contractor in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Maryland, contact Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor by calling us (856) 769-3932. Have a fun and safe summer!