Water Leak Emergency Kit: Do you have one and what's in it?

Do you have a Water Leak Emergency Kit on standby?

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revhtree

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I was thinking a couple of days ago that it's probably a good idea that we have an "emergency kit" for water leaks and issues if you will. You never know when your tank could spring a leak, your plumbing could get cracked or something like that. How many of you can confidently say that if you had a leak at 2am that you would be able to manage on your own? Also don't forget about a spare aquarium or aquariums that you could move coral and fish into during a dire emergency. So let's talk about it!

1. Do you have a "water leak emergency kit" and if so what do you have in it?

2. What are some things you may need during a water leak emergency that people may not think about?

3. Have you ever had a major tank leak and what were the circumstances?



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I don’t have a contingency plan other than a small carry case that I would need to have at hand, when the 530 gallons of water potentially ends up on the floor, and I need to escape quickly and quietly from my wife!
 

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1. Do you have a "water leak emergency kit" and if so what do you have in it?

Bunch of towels and a shop vac ….. oh, and a thesaurus dedicated to new and interesting swear words. BUT, to mangle a metaphor, 'an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure' so i also use a bunch of water detection sensors to mitigate the most likely offenders (mostly skimmer overflow).

2. What are some things you may need during a water leak emergency that people may not think about?

Not cheap, but a good dehumidifier can be very helpful. I use one in my basement fish room anyhow. If the logistics work, a slop sink is awesome also. Great place to dump those sodden towels. Just don't forget about them …..pheeeweee

3. Have you ever had a major tank leak and what were the circumstances?

No major tank leak, but a few minor ones. Even a gallon of water goes an astonishingly long way. Frankly, if you have a major tank leak/failure you're pretty much screwed regardless.
 
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My plan is fourfold. 1) Start saying words I can't type on this forum. 2) Grab my copy of my insurance policy where I added a rider to cover water damage. 3) Freak out. 4) Assume I'm SOL if there's a leak. This is the point where I use towels, buckets, shop vac, etc. to try and remove some of the water.

It's too late at this point.
 

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1. Do you have a "water leak emergency kit" and if so what do you have in it?

A Kit? No. I have extra tanks & alternate systems to house fish / corals in the event....

2. What are some things you may need during a water leak emergency that people may not think about?

Fans, mops, towels, wet-Vac, extra salt & fresh RODI water.
Maybe Buckets or holding tanks.

3. Have you ever had a major tank leak and what were the circumstances?

Not major, thankfully. If I ever do have a burst tank, I hope I'm home in the event!
 

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I have two empty 55 gallon tanks in the basement, duct tape, plenty of buckets, salt, RO/DI water.

I did have a leak once...cracked my 25 gallon when I was messing with the overflow fitting. Cracked all the way to the bottom. I taped it and got a bucket under the leak. I pulled all the water I could, corals, fish and rock. I luckily had a middle refuge tank(20 gallon) which took all the livestock until the rebuild.
 

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1. Do you have a "water leak emergency kit" and if so what do you have in it?
Yes! Two brutes to save the water, black 4 Costco storage containers for the live rock, corals, etc. frag racks, egg crate, tunze coral gum, 2x 200w heaters, drying fans, dehumidifier, shopvac, python hoses, 2x silicone tubes and 5 packs of shammys. I’m ready put me in coach!

2. What are some things you may need during a water leak emergency that people may not think about? Silicone, ShopVac, indoor hoses dedicated towels, safe place to put corals (storage bins)

3. Have you ever had a major tank leak and what were the circumstances?
Not yet and I hope not anytime soon.
 
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1. Do you have a "water leak emergency kit" and if so what do you have in it?

No, but I do have enough supplies and containers to deal with anything short of total catastrophic structural failure, in which case it is scoop up the floppers and dump them into a bucket of stored saltwater and hope I can heat it fast enough.

2. What are some things you may need during a water leak emergency that people may not think about?

Haven't the faintest. But whatever it is, I hope I have it if that time comes.

3. Have you ever had a major tank leak and what were the circumstances?

No, but I have had a small leak. Hairline crack in a plastic bin I was using as a QT. Leaked maybe 3 gallons into the floor before I noticed the powerhead sucking air. Towel at the crack, move everything over to a new (double stacked) bin. More towels and fans, problem solved.
 
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I have several empty buckets and a few empty tanks to quickly move livestock into and a big box of towels and a pump with 50ft of hose to start draining so I can hopefully save some cleanup. Will use the water from leaking tank or if needed I do always have about 30-50gals of already mixed fresh SW.
 

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My 40B stand is sitting in a 14 gallon sump tray that has a water alarm. Alarm goes off I can toss a pump into the sump and tank for the nearby sink. The organisms will have to go into the QT tank I will have when I actually get fish.

I had to have something like this in place before the wife was going to be ok with having a tank in the basement..
 
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