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I have a damp patch around a light socket arising from a water

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I have a damp patch around a light socket arising from a water leak in the roof above.

My local electrican has been contacted and I'm waiting for a call back.

Do I need to switch off the electric in meantime or just not use this one socket?

Hi, welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist you.

If you are able to see the moisture (damp area) it means that it has already permeated through the ceiling covering.

This would mean that there is possibility of much more moisture behind the covering and even possibly migrating towards or into the light socket

In this situation, if you can isolate that one circuit at your mains, then turn it off and wait for an inspection to be sure there is no water or moisture.

So, check the mains board and try to find the one breaker or fuse that powers that light fitting and turn that one off.
No need to turn off the main at this time.

Now, there will be other lights/receptacles that will also be turned off with that one breaker or fuse, but hopefully the electrician will get to you as quickly as possible to keep the time out to a minimum.

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX for anything further

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