What To Do With a Leaking Light Fixture
Water dripping from your light fixture is probably not something you would expect to see, but when you do, it is important you stay safe. When water mixes with electricity it creates a dangerous situation, and this isn’t a problem that should be tackled with your DIY skills.
If you spot water dripping from a light fixture, follow these essential steps.
Alert Everyone Inside
If there is water dripping from just one light fixture, it can still be dangerous to be near other sources of electricity. Be sure to warn everyone to avoid electrical sources and close access to the affected room.
Turn Off Water & Electricity
Find your utility mains and shut off the water and electricity supply to your home. By removing both electricity and water from your home you are minimizing the risk of an electrical fire.
Call In The Professionals
When electricity and water mix, calling the professionals is the only way to be sure you and your family stay safe. Bring in a licensed electrician and a water restoration company like SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County. Your electrician will help prevent electrical fire and make sure no wiring is damaged. Our team will determine the source of the water. Some likely sources are a damaged roof, a leaking AC unit, or a broken pipe.
Start The Cleanup Process
Once SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is on the scene we will help clean up the mess. When dealing with water damage it is essential to have a professional restoration team. We will determine exactly what needs to be removed, how long to properly dry the area, and we even work with your insurance company throughout the whole process. If any of your belongings got wet during the leak, we can even help dry and restore the contents of your home.
Once SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County has finished the restoration process our recommended contractor can rebuild your home, so you’re home will be "Like it never even happened."
Now that you know the steps to take when you see water leaking from a light fixture, let’s answer some questions you might have.
How Dangerous is Water Leaking From A Light Fixture?
When water and electricity mix, it is no joke. Water conducts electricity, which means if someone touches the light fixture it could cause electric shock, which can be extremely dangerous. Not only is electrocution a serious threat, so is fire. Electrical wires can corrode in water, causing a short circuit and sparks. This can quickly cause a fire in your home.
Is A Ceiling Leak Covered By Insurance?
While most ceiling leaks are covered by insurance, your policy and the source of the water may mean a leaking light fixture might not be covered. Your restoration company and insurance company can work together to help determine what your coverage will look like in this situation.
We hope that you don’t run into a leaking light fixture, but if you do, we want to ensure your safety. If you see water dripping from the ceiling, give us a call right away at (704) 840-6112. We are always here to help those in the Charlotte, NC, area, day or night.
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