Water Leaking from Ceiling - Fix a Broken Pipe - Oakville

Perhaps you’re one of the many thousands of homeowners who have noticed a strange drip coming from your ceiling light fixture or heard a sizzle coming from one of your light bulbs.

Maybe your first thought is not only wondering why it’s happening but also asking yourself if water leaking through a light fixture can be dangerous.

The answer is YES! Water leaking from any light fixture is hazardous.

Unfortunately, it’s often impossible for homeowners to detect a leak until the damage is already done since the source of the leak is usually hidden by walls and ceilings. In many situations, the first signs of a leaking pipe, or seeping roof, occur when the water makes it into your home through the ceiling.

There are three basic reasons this might happen in any home. Common reasons for water damage include the following problems:

  • Ageing structure
  • Harsh weather
  • Faulty pipes 

Electrical Fires

Ceiling damage is one of the easiest ways water can enter light fixtures. If you notice water pooling near a lightbulb or panel, this might be one of your first signs of a serious problem. Water is a conductor of electricity, and when it is in contact with electricity, it can harm people and create havoc in your home and potentially cause electrical fires.

When water has been leaking from your pipes or roof, the leak will have already existed for several days. As the days pass, electrical wires can develop mold or corrosion. Damage to the wires can short the circuit and cause sparks that could potentially catch fire. 

Regardless of the reason, it’s important to note how easily water can enter your home and take steps to address immediately. 

Ceiling Collapse

One sure sign of a water leak is a sagging, soggy bulge in your ceiling. When ceilings are soaked, they get soft and can collapse because the material will not be able to withstand the water damage. If you see a bulge in your ceiling, ensure that you and your family are removed from the location.

Do Not Touch

It is extremely dangerous to use any electrical fixture that has been in contact with water. This is because water, and the contaminants within it, acts as a conductor of electricity, which means it can carry an electrical current to whatever it touches, including people. If you see water pooling in a light fixture, even touching the switch to shut it off can result in electrical shock.

What Do I Do When it Happens?

The first step of action that you can take is to turn off the electricity in that area of your home where the service panel, breaker box, is located. This will protect you from being electrocuted when in contact with the water. Be sure to directly turn off the circuit, not just the light switch, which you do not want to touch. This will prevent any electricity from running through your home and causing any other problems.

If the water is suspected as coming from a leaking pipe, turn off the water supply at the home's main shutoff valve. You cannot trust turning off the bathroom water valves. Make sure the water is turned off from the main valve.

If you have successfully turned off the water and power, soak up the water with towels. If there is still water in light fixtures, remove the cover of the light bulb or panel and drain away the water. Inspect the ceiling around the fixture and look for any pooling water.

Call a Professional Plumber

This may be a two-step process depending on where the water is coming from in your home. There may be both a plumber and electrician involved.

But, whatever you do, this is not the time to try and resolve the problem yourself. Do not try to fix or turn on the light fixture yourself. Contact our Oakville Plumbers to help you address the problem, get it fixed and prevent any further damage in your home.