Should I Turn My Lights Off If There's a Leak in My Ceiling?
If you're a homeowner, a leaking roof or ceiling is likely one of your worst nightmares. However, it's important to understand the risks of ignoring a ceiling leak and why turning off any lights in the affected area is essential.
In this blog post, we'll explain why shutting off the power to your light fixtures is necessary and why you should always seek professional assistance before turning it on again.
The Danger of Electrical Short-Circuits
If you suspect a water leak in your ceiling and continue using your lights, you could risk your family's safety. When water comes into contact with electrical wiring, it could spark a short circuit to start a fire. The fire risk is especially high when the water leaks onto an electrical circuit on or near the ceiling. Therefore, even if you suspect your light fixtures are safe, it's best to stay safe than sorry.
The Damage To Electrical Appliances
Running light fixtures or electrical appliances with a moisture issue in the ceiling could damage these fixtures. Even when the lights are turned off, the wires connected to the power supply still carry electricity. Therefore, if there's a leak in your ceiling, the water could seep into your electrical appliances causing irreparable damage. If you suspect water damage to your ceiling, turn off the power to avoid significant electrical problems and contact us immediately.
The Health Concerns
Most ceiling leaks develop from stagnant pools of water caused by poor drainage or heavy rainstorms. These pools of stagnant water can carry a range of bacteria and fungi that could spread rapidly if not addressed quickly. Inhaling mold spores could cause serious health issues, especially for people with breathing issues like asthma. Even a small amount of mold exposure could cause sneezing, eye irritation, and an itchy throat. Therefore, turning off the lights is essential to avoid inhaling mold spores.