electrical question
dont want to fry

Huntsville, AL

#1 Feb 18, 2013
My son overflowed an upstairs toilet last night and it like that for awhile. Luckily that bathroom sits above the laundry room in the basement (drop ceiling, concrete floors, floor drain), but one of the places the water dripped down to was right over the light fixture. It blew the bulb, but did not trip any circuit breakers.

I'm taking the soaked tiles out. Is it safe to work around the waterlogged fixture? Not sure where the breaker for that light is (have 2 boxes...badly wired house from 70's ).

When might it be safe to try to screw in a new bulb? Don't want to get fried or zapped.

Thanks in advance. Yes, I'm a divorced female with 2 kids on a tight budget so calling electrician out of question. Becoming one heck of a do-it-yourselfer, but don't want to get injured!!

Ashland, KY

#2 Feb 19, 2013
I would def shut off the breaker b4 touching it
It may b ok now but electricity can b a funny beast and with old wiring I wouldn't want to chance it
Service man

United States

#3 Feb 19, 2013
You will be fine. Let it dry out and then screw the bulb in. The breaker will blow if it is still wet, which is built in safety switch. Good luck

Ashland, KY

#4 Feb 20, 2013
Not if its not ground fault protected which I don't believe it is by the sound of her story
Turn off the breaker and let it dry out b4 replacing it
maybe i can help

Evansville, IN

#5 Feb 21, 2013
Fred is right. If it is not GF then it can be tricky. If you need some assistance you can send me a message. I can check your wiring and make sure you don't get zapped. It will only take a minute. I do not want to see anyone get shocked. Electricity can be a dangerous animal.

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