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3 Safe Procedures for Light Fixture Leaks

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

An electrical breaker panel Dealing with water in light fixtures can be dangerous, contact SERVPRO for help.

Light Fixture Leaks: 3 Safe Procedures

Light fixture leaks are often a dangerous and inconvenient obstacle that can happen in any home. Ceiling damage can cause water from your roof to leak into your house. Sometimes water can even leak into your light fixtures. It is important to act swiftly with any kind of water damage in your home, and when electricity is involved, the damage can be deadly if left untreated. Whether you are a resident of Asheville, NC, currently dealing with water in light fixtures, or just a precautious homeowner preparing for the worst, these tips for safe and swift action can be lifesavers.

1. Turn Off Electricity

As soon as you notice water leaking from a light fixture, go to your breaker and turn the electricity off right away. You can call your power company and have it temporarily turn off the electricity if the breaker is inaccessible. Avoid touching light fixtures until an electrician checks and confirms that all electrical units are dry and safe. Any contact with an electrical unit that has been damaged by water can cause electrical shock and even death.

2. Turn Off Water

Ceiling damage can show itself in many forms. Sometimes small, dark spots appear on your ceiling where water is pooling, softening and discoloring the materials there. Water can leak into your home from rain water on the roof or even a burst or corroded pipe. Unfortunately, the extent of the damage doesn’t always show itself until it has gotten very bad. If you do notice any of these symptoms, turn off your water to stop any additional leakage.

3. Call a Professional for Cleanup

Contacting an electrician, plumber, and/or a professional cleanup service for water in light fixtures is suggested. Professionals will typically be able to safely cleanup and restore your home to its former state and advise you on how to prevent leaks in the future.

The most important thing to remember is to be safe. Dealing with water in light fixtures can be extremely dangerous, and it is best to contact a specialist for cleanup and repairs.

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