Shocking water

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Tim S, 25 Jun 2010.

  1. Tim S

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    Hi all, I was doing some tank maintenance last weekend and placed a towl on the floor to work on. The towl eventually got wet (on tiles) and when standing on it bare foot touching the water, I got a light shock. When I put the return pump off, this did not happen. When standing on dry tiles no shocking.
    Is this an indication that the pump is on it's way out or what?

    Confused...
     
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  3. Sentari

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    100% correct Tim.

    Just remember salt water and electricity dont go together. I've almost set my house on fire once before.

    If you look at the pumps wiring while UNPLUGGED you might see the problem. Some wire frails when bent and then exposes the wire.

    Get yourself a new pump rather its the safest thing to do.
     
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    i agree with Sentari , new pump is the safest;)
     
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    I totally disagree! There is a thread about stray voltage. We discussed it up and down and we shared the results of testing the strayvoltage on our systems.
    A new pump doesn't mean you won't get shocked bare feet on a wet towel.
    Return pumps, skimmer pumps, heaters and powerhead can cause stray voltage. It depends in my opinion also on the brand you are using.
    I am posting via my cellphone, so search for the strayvoltage thread, messure your strayvoltage and ground your system. Every system should be grounded!
    Any other opinion is madness. Two pronge plugs for devices should be taken of the market, when used submerged!
     
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    Mmmm was a bit slow there
     
  9. Tim S

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    Thanks for the link chaps. Hey that Riaan P is a funny guy. I know the feeling laying in bed and wonderng if the power to the tank is on or off. Anyway, my pump is external and no cable or any part is in contact with water except for the impellor magnet. The pump is a sealed unit. In terms of symtoms mentioned some certainly are evident in my system. Cloudy water, itchy fish, etc, or it may just be a co-incidence. I'll try the rod this weekend and see.

    Thanks.
     
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