Wow, I need some help here!

Ok, this has me stumped. Two level home in Livingston, Montana. No problems on the lower level, but every single outlet, every light switch I touched on the upper level, gave me a static shock, some fairly strong.

What could be some potential causes of this kind of thing? It was exceptionally windy that day and the homeowner regularly keeps the thermostat at 80 degrees.

It was suggested to me by another inspector locally that there may be a lack of humidity in the upper level that is adding to the static electricity. Does this sound possible to you?

The house was 2005 built, grounded with a rod in the ground, ufer in the crawl and to plumbing.

I’m really hoping you all have some wisdom for me on this one.



what type of flooring do you have on the first floor and what type is on the second floor?

Sounds about right. 80 degrees means dry…

You walk across the rug, reach for the doorknob and…ZAP!!!
You get a static shock.

Many people have static problems, especially in the winter when the indoor air is very dry. But don’t worry, static elimination may be easier than you think. There are many steps you can take to eliminate static electricity, and many static control products available. Static Elimination Tips

Our expert in static electricity in the electronics industry suggests trying the following to get rid of static electricity problems in your home or office:

  1. Increase the humidity in your house and workplace. Air is much drier in the winter, which increases the frequency and severity of shocks. Use a humidifier.
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Here are two suggestions for static control from another source:

  1. Walk barefoot (or, as silly as it may sound, cover your shoes with aluminum foil when possible) to reduce the static buildup.
  2. Wear a thimble on your finger, or carry a coin, and use them to touch grounded metal objects as often as possible. This will not eliminate the static discharge, but will stop the pain you feel in your fingertips.
  3. Be sure to ground yourself before touching sensitive electronic equipment.
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Buy a different type of slippers and stop dragging your feet on the carpet. :wink:

Hell, I don’t know. ha. ha. Sounds interesting though.

Keep us posted.

Marcel :slight_smile: :smiley: :wink:

The best way to deal with static situtations, similar to the “Wear a thimble on your finger, or carry a coin” above but simpler, is to clench your fist and touch a grounded object with your knuckle. You will hear and see the spark but will not feel it.