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summerboy1958 01-31-2013 12:13 AM

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I walked in the house around 6:30 this evening after an all day meeting. Into the kitchen thinking about dinner. Looked up a the ceiling..........


Run upstairs and my young 20 gallon is 1/2 empty and still leaking.

Mad dash. Siphon the water into a bucket, scoop up fish, snails, shrimp and into bucket. Pull up all my brand new plants (sob). The roots were just growing (sob, sob). Add to bucket and turn on HOB. 2nd bucket for the rest of the water. Tank and gravel into the tub.

Tear up the carpet and foam.

Into the attic for another 20 (good thing I bought some from the LFS when they were down sizing). Tank goes in my daughter's room. Move substate (I guess I'm really glad I didn't do dirt this time). Add water, fish shrimp, float all plants. In place by 7:45. Still haven't had dinner.

Moved the old tank to the deck, I'll figure out what happened this weekend.

I repeat: )(&)*^&*%$%^#

I'm just hoping that all of my new Msjinxzd critters survive. I've only had them about a month.... (sob, sob, sob)

Aftermath pictures for your enjoyment.

EDIT: in the mad dash, my wife broke my glass top.......

Sajacobs 01-31-2013 12:18 AM

My worst nightmare....sorry to hear your tank leaked. Did the tank cracked?

Will your ceiling dry out?

Betta132 01-31-2013 12:19 AM

Ooh... Not fun. I came kind of close to that once... My dad was moving a mostly-empty 10g, and when he was gonna put it on the table, the bottom split. Everything survived but a danio that jumped down the bathtub drain.
What's a "Msjinxzd" critter?

acitydweller 01-31-2013 12:21 AM

woah, what happened to your carpet???

summerboy1958 01-31-2013 12:38 AM

Betta132 - I got all my "critters" ( fish, shrimps and snails) from Msjinxzd maybe a month ago.

acitydweller - That is 35 minutes of ripping and tearing it up to get the soggy pad out before more water leaked into the ceiling.

sajacobs - Not sure yet what happened. A quick look in the tank didn't show e anything. It's outside now and it's dark. I'll learn more this weekend. As for the ceiling, I hope so. If not, then I'll be tearing the floor out of the upstairs room and the ceiling from the kitchen. On second thought, I suck at that kinda work, so I'll be hiring someone to do it. *(&)(^!!!!!!

acitydweller 01-31-2013 12:40 AM

OMG this is like my worst nightmare. sorry you had to go through this!

mistergreen 01-31-2013 12:50 AM

well, think of it as a chance to remodel. Hardwood floors are better anyways.

You might have to cut out parts of the ceiling where it got wet and patch it up with new boards and spackle. That's the easiest part.
If it holds up, a fresh coat of paint might do it too.

Sajacobs 01-31-2013 12:57 AM

It's shocking to see the water damage for your small tank. I'm setting up a 125G in the spring. I'm going to investigate my home owners insurance. Maybe yours will cover any repairs needed.

lauraleellbp 01-31-2013 01:10 AM

It's AMAZING how much damage just 10-20gal worth of water leaking can do!! :(

VERY best of luck, I hope everything dries out with not too much permanent damage!

longgonedaddy 01-31-2013 01:43 AM

You may want to drill a few holes in the ceiling, to let out any water that is pooling on top of the drywall, and to help air circulate to dry everything out so you don't get a mold problem.

MSG 01-31-2013 01:51 AM

If you have any of those bulky box fans, get them out and start them up. You want to do what you can to dry out all the damp areas within 48 hours to prevent any mold from forming. If you notice something growing, use a diluted bleach solution to wipe the area.

The parts of the ceiling that got wet, may start to crack/peel about 5-7 days from now when it's completely dry. Don't bother fixing it till spring/summer. You want clear all your furniture underneath the damaged area before they repair the drywall, sand, prime & repaint.

I'll be doing the same thing this summer.

I think I had at least 100 gallons go through my 3 ceilings before I could figure out which water valve needed to be shut off.

Thanks for posting the pictures. Brings back some horrible memories that I hope I don't have to witness again.

Option 01-31-2013 02:15 AM

Make sure you get rid of all the MOLD. I would dehumidify that house for a few weeks and have a professional inspect for residual mold. It has potential to become a huge problem if you don't get rid of it now once and for all.

tropicalmackdaddy 01-31-2013 02:41 AM

My parents duplex flooded while we were on brake, a shower nozel busted spraying just tons of water for hours straight while we were on vacation. We ended up tearing out just about every wall in the first and second floor.
I feel your pain bro. Hope the cleanup and fix goes smoothly, if I were you id put the house as the numero uno priority right now.

PlantedTankLover 01-31-2013 02:56 AM

Something close to this happen to be before. My 125 emptied itself after the filter seal broke. Best thing we did was go to the home depot and buy a huge dehumidifier. Saved the carpet, and drywall.

MSG 01-31-2013 03:09 AM

Oh yeah I forgot about the dehumidifier. Use that too if you have one.

I have a master general contractor stopping by on Friday to repair an issue I have with a support beam. I'll ask him to give me an estimate on how much it would cost to replace the ceilings/prime/paint.

From your photos, I think most pros would ask $400-$700 for the ceiling. Probably $2-$4/sq foot for hard wood floors.

I still can't believe that was only 20 gallons of water.

Be thankful you got home in time to see this & save the inhabitants.

I will never forget the moment when I saw a water fall pouring out of the ceiling. Made it worst by not finding the right shut off valve when I ran into the basement. I closed 3, missed 1. Came back upstairs to find the water still flowing.

Spent the next two days drying out the wood floors.

Wish u the best.

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