FAQ: What are earthing and bonding?

If you’re having electrical work carried out in your home your electrician will always check that your earthing and bonding are up to the required specifications. We find we're often asked by customers what we mean when we refer to "earthing" and "bonding"? Here's a quick explanation to make sure you're up to speed.

What is earthing?

If there is a fault in your electrics and you touch a live part you could receive an electric shock.  Earthing protects you from receiving an electric shock by providing an alternative path for an electrical current to flow to in the event of a fault.  It also causes the fuse to switch off the electrical current to the circuit that has the fault.

What is bonding?

Bonding is also used to reduce the risk of electric shocks, this time as a result of touching two separate metal parts when a fault occurs.  Bonding connectors are used to reduce the voltage levels.

If you're in or around Milton Keynes and would like to speak to an experienced electrician about the earthing and bonding in your home please drop us a line.