SYNERGY NORTH is advising customers of potential electrical hazards associated with replacing household plumbing
SYNERGY NORTH is advising customers of potential electrical hazards associated with replacing household plumbing. Customers looking to take on home renovations where copper piping and/or underground water lines are being replaced should be aware of the electrical implications when doing this type of work.
Replacing Copper Plumbing
Homeowners and contractors should always check to make sure the electrical system is properly grounded whenever replacing copper plumbing pipes with plastic (PEX). When preforming this type of work, the continuous grounding path may be interrupted as PEX piping is not an electrical conductor. Replacing copper with PEX may also interrupt bonding between the plumbing system and the home grounding system. In this situation, the homeowner will be required to replace the bonding system to ensure that a conductive path is established. These actions are required so that you do not damage your home’s electrical system and should be preformed in line with ESA Electrical Codes and Standards. If you are ever unsure, or have questions about your project, SYNERGY NORTH recommends you contact an authorized electrical contractor.
Replacing Underground Water Lines
Homeowners having work done on exterior underground water lines must be mindful of other underground utility services when digging to avoid damaging or nicking infrastructure. To avoid an incident, an underground locate request must be made before the start of any outdoor projects that require excavation. Locate requests can be made by contacting Ontario One Call and are completed at no charge. Once the project is complete ensure that all service lines are backfilled properly and are safety It is the homeowner or contractor’s responsibility to ensure that all projects are carried out safely. Homeowners looking to undertake these types of renovations should always consider the safety hazards of the project and contact an authorized plumber and/or authorized electrical contractor.
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