Complete Grounding Solutions are essential for protecting buildings against lightning. With these Complete Grounding Solutions, lightning energy is safely dissipated into the ground. With Complete Grounding Solutions, the potential for ground voltage to rise is minimized, reducing the risk of injuries to people and animals as well as damage to equipment and property.
The purpose of Complete Grounding Solutions is to ensure that electrical energy (from above-grade networks) can be safely transferred to the surrounding native soil (earth). Lighting and surge protection devices dissipate voltage spikes and surges to a safe ground plane, such as the ground or a copper pipe within a building, rather than directly affecting the electrical components they are protecting.
The difference between earthing and grounding is that earthing involves connecting the circuit directly to the Earth, which has no voltage potential. Grounding is the opposite of this, where the circuit has zero potential, even if it is not connected to ground.
It is possible for lightning to strike a building through a poor ground connection, such as plumbing, causing the same effect as lightning striking a building, which is fire. Simple grounding will not prevent such an incident from occurring.
If the lightning protection system intercepts this voltage, thunderstorm current can safely reach the ground. However, they provide a direct path to the ground, which prevents fire, explosions, and electrical surges caused by lightning. While they don’t reduce the likelihood of lightning strikes on your home, they do provide a direct path to the ground.
Generally, electrically conductive paths to ground are not present in most houses. However, there are some exceptions, such as camping/fishing cabins. When lightning travels to the ground, you cannot control its direction.