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How To Handle Water in Light Fixtures

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water in light fixture in an Eau Gallie, FL home

How To Handle Water in Light Fixtures

Often, Eau Gallie, FL, homeowners do not notice a leak until there is already ceiling damage. The first sign of a leak will manifest through the ceiling. You may even see water in the light fixture. If you see this, it’s important that you follow these steps and do not let the water out.

1. Act Quickly

As soon as you see the water in your light, you need to take action. Water serves as a conductor and carries the current wherever the water touches. This means that if a person touches the light socket or attempts to drain it, he or she likely to suffer from an electric shock. It is important that you go straight to the circuit breaker to turn it off.

2. Turn Off the Electricity

Even touching the switch itself can shock you. Do not turn off the light near the fixture. Go to dry electrical source and check the power to make sure that you turned everything off. This will help keep you or anyone else in your family from suffering an accidental shock.

3. Turn Off the Water

Next, turn off the water. This step only works if you know where the source of the water is coming from. If it comes from a pipe, then you can turn off the water supply through the main shutoff valve.

4. Call a Plumber and Electrician

If you have a problem with the pipes, then you need to call for a plumber. The plumber can fix any issues you’re having with the water lines in your home. Next, you need to call an electrician. The electrician will handle the electrical work. Never handle electrical work yourself.

When it comes to water in the light fixtures, you need to act quickly. Often, you’ve already experienced ceiling damage once it’s gotten to this point. Unfortunately, with most ceiling leaks, you will not know that you have a leak until you see the damage. Taking care of the plumbing and electrical work first is important, and then you can call a water damage repair service to take care of water damage.

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