And the first I knew of it was when water started pouring through the light fitting in the dining room below
It has tripped the fuse switch so we have no lights (which I can live with) but it was making a squeaky type of noise for quite a while after.
I've no idea what I should be doing. ive dried as much as I can see with the light on my phone and I won't be turning the lights back on for at least the next 48hrs whilst it dries out but have I missed anything?
Keep an eye on the ceiling below the bathroom. If any areas start to sag, use something pointy (skewer?!) to poke a hole through the plaster. Water can run along the plaster in the ceiling gap and pool, leading to a saggy bit; you want to let that water out before it saturates the whole ceiling and the weight of the wet plaster brings the ceiling down.
How long was the water overflowing? Any idea just how much water might be in the floor/ceiling?
Thanks happy there isn't any bulging that I can see yet but I will be keeping an eye out. I've no idea how long it was running for as I didn't know she was running a bath so I've no idea of the amount of water up in the ceiling. I'm just going to put the heating on and check the ceiling for dampness when I change the fitting before I switch the lights back on.
exit 5 times! dd nearly did it last night but my ds noticed in time. Dd is now banished to the shower for the foreseeable future!
I know! We have a freestanding bath, with a tap and shower head attachment that stands behind it. My lovely DD washes her incredibly long hair and then rinses it with the shower attachment - which sends water down the side of the bath. It accumulates and then slowly seeps through the floorboards and starts to drip down through the light fitting in the room below. Well that was the last occasion. Previous ones have been filling the bath too full and water sloshing everywhere.
Free standing baths are the work of the devil I tell you.
I would personally get an electrician out to check the electrics and wouldn't attempt to change the fittings until I had that reassurance. It will take weeks for your ceiling area to dry out, but once it has, you will need to get the stained bits painted with several coats of stain-block paint before re-painting the whole ceiling.