Round Rock Home Inspector Finds a Loose Bonding Clamp

Loose copper water line bonding clamp.

Loose bonding clamp

This waterline bonding clamp is loose. I find more clamps that are loose then are properly secure, both the wire and the clamp must be secure and tight to make a proper bond.

Even if the water system for a house enters in plastic pipe and is not used for the grounding electrode, the copper piping of the water system must be bonded to the electrical system ground. This ensures that no stray voltage enters any metal plumbing components or fixtures.

When attaching a bonding wire or electrode conductor to a water pipe, use grounding clamps designed for water pipe attachment. If a water meter is present, two clamps must be used, one on either side of the water meter, with a bonding jumper (ground wire) in between.

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