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Hopefully this isn't something that happens to many but i think it goes through every PC builder's mind when watercooling, what if it leaks. I was re-configuring my build and the unthinkable but very possible happened, got water splashed all over the inside of my PC. How you may ask, stupid mistake on my behalf, i blew through one end and water gushed out one of the fittings. I made a few litte mistakes when configuring my loop in my head. I placed one of my rads in a place where it could only take it hot air and didn't install a drain valve. Long story short as i really dont have anything to contribute here except a horrible scary experience, PC's are pretty resistant/strong. In my case the PC wasn't on and all i've used was distilled water which is said to not be conductive due to the lack of minerals or what not.

I had water splashed all over my ram, inside the empty DIMM slots, on the video cards, inside the PCIe slots.. basically every where. I dried everything, blew compressed air in every hole and gave it some time to dry off. In the event this happens to you, dont panic, just have a lot of patience and make sure to dry everything and of course if your Pc is on, shut off power immediately.

Thankfully it powered on and its been running just fine till now.
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Distilled water will become ionized and therefore conductive as soon as it goes through your loop.
Make sure it is dried thoroughly!
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I had water splashed all over my ram, inside the empty DIMM slots, on the video cards, inside the PCIe slots.. basically every where. I dried everything, blew compressed air in every hole and gave it some time to dry off. In the event this happens to you, dont panic, just have a lot of patience and make sure to dry everything and of course if your Pc is on, shut off power immediately.

Thankfully it powered on and its been running just fine till now.

This is great advice.

I also spilled a bunch of distilled water when I was setting up one of my very first water loops several years back. It went all over the motherboard, inside a few PCI-E slots and on the video card.

Took everything out, blew all the parts and the slots/crevices with air from my DataVac, let sit in the sun by a window for the rest of the day, put it all back together and it was good to go.
Edited by Sir Beregond - 1/11/17 at 1:44pm
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It's good to know that is not all lost if you have spills. It's actually one if not the main fear that many people have when they think watercooling. Maybe this could help someone in a similar scenario.
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when I was into water cooling I just bought brand new white sth10 and got blood red ek coolant with a huge ek res, and I was filling my loop and 2 or 3 res fulls went thru fine, but like the 4th time I filled the res up completely and started the pump again and all the coolant shot out of the top of res and all over the inside of case.

White case with blood red coolant everywhere. man it went everywhere, my rug is still stained. Luckily I had my 2 titans unplugged and nothing was damaged. It was after like 15 hours of building, all my brand new white extensions got dyed pink, it was terrible. I kinda forgot about it until now. I think there was an air blockage somewhere and the coolant had no where to go and pressure built up for a second and everything came shooting out the res.
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spills happen even to those of us thats done it alot i just changed cases and for the life of me everything wanted to leak even managed to ruin a rad i had for 6 years lol but lucky my pc parts were all fine.
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Wow, I guess no leak story is a pleasant one lol. It gets worse as the next one's told.
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