Noticing that water is dripping from the area around the light bulb in the center of the room often means that water has accumulated overhead inside the ceiling for at least a few days. Not only will this affect your home, but it also could put your family at risk. Here’s what you should know to protect your property and your family:
Where Did the Water Come From?
It might come from an ice dam or a broken pipe, or maybe your sink overflowed. Regardless of the situation, the water damage can cost enough to make any homeowner worry. A more pressing concern, however, is the hazard of combining water and electricity.
Why Mixing Water and Electricity is Dangerous
The minerals and metals inside your home’s water supply conduct an electrical current. Though you may have a water softener install in your home, all water, no matter how much you treat it, contains these ‘contaminants.’ Because of this, you need to act quickly to prevent further harm from happening inside your home. Water and electricity should never mix.
Risks of Water Leaking From Your Ceiling
From causing potential health concerns to damaging the structure of your home, here are a few reasons why you take immediate action if you notice water leaking from your fixtures:
- The worst possibility is severe injuries or death from electrocution. Any malfunctioning electrical outlets or devices can put you at risk for electrocuting yourself. It’s best to keep pets and small children away from the leaking fixture.
- Your ceiling could be at risk of collapse. This happens from the weight of the water and also the weakened condition of the ceiling’s materials.
- Water is used to put fires out, but when mixed with electricity, it could start one. In this situation, the presence of water can cause a fire if the wiring becomes corroded in crucial areas.
Act Fast to Protect Your Family and Your Home
The skilled experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air know how to handle these kinds of emergencies. Call us at 612-424-0982 for fast service by one of our reliable professionals. We will work fast to help you protect your family by fixing the problem.