Home Inspector Asks: What is a Bonding Jumper?

Champia's Joe Neihuser shot this photo of a properly installed bonding jumper.

Tip of The Day from an Atlanta Home Inspector!

Joe Niehuser, an inspector with Champia Real Estate Inspections, asks the question in the Tip of the Day. Joe is a certified inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and a residential ICC code certified inspector.

For those of you who don’t know, Joe explains a bonding jumper below. And he says the contractor got it right in the photos shown with this blog:

“Technically it is a grounding conductor (essentially a ground wire) that bypasses equipment (typically the pressure reduction valve) installed in-line with copper water distribution lines. It connects the water line from the street service to the distribution (cold water) lines inside the home. A separate bonding jumper is required to connect the hot water lines (usually installed above water heater).

“Why is that important? The continuous conductivity of the copper water system ensures grounding in case a ground fault occurs (essentially protects against electrical shock),” Joe said.

Check back for more tips and problems to avoid on the Champia Real Estate Inspections blog.

To schedule Joe or one of our other experienced inspectors for your residential or commercial inspection, call us at 770-753-0767. Or visit us online, where you can schedule the home inspection yourself.

 

 

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