Screwed up a water change, need opinions on spill

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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    So I had a new Maxi Jet 1200 for pumping water from my rubbermaid tote into the tank for a WC, and somehow I either spilled the last bit or overfilled the tank, and i have water dripping in the basement ceiling directly above the tank.

    Its the front left corner where the spill was - and to make sure that was the cause I double checked everything else. The water is under the stand, and it was seeping out a bit around the edge of the stand. I wiped that all up and I have a towel there to try and soak up anything left there. I also have a bucket in the basement collecting the drips. It's dripping at about 1 drip a minute - so I dont think it was a ton of water, a couple gallons at most. How worried do I need to be about the sub floor getting a little wet? Obviosuly this is not an everyday thing - it wont be happening again.

    Other than collecting the drips and drying the floor upstairs, is there anything else i can do to minimize any potential damage to the floor?
     
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    what kind of flooring is it?
     
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    but a hair dryer on it to try to prevent salt creep, or a fan
     
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    I think you can rent industrial fans at a big box store, or maybe stick a space heater/blower near the area, get it all evaporating? I'd say you'd want to get that subfloor drying out as you don't want it all spongy or moldy.
     
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    as long as it is not carpeting that got wet I wouldnt worry about it in the least..plywood ( subflooring is designed to take some water without problems, ( not meaning often but a one time thing like this wont do any damage to it).. the only problem would be if it was carpeted and the padding absorbed the water and it sat for a long period of time...
    the ceiling in the basement if finished could have a spot or two that may need touching up though..
     
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    Wood floors will quickly be ruined by salt water
    Use fresh water wipe with dry towel until all salt is absorbed
     
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    If it's carpet, you can go to home depot (or the like) and rent a wet-vac with serious suction capacity to pull the water out of the carpet. No idea how to manage the salt, but that would at least help with the water.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. It's a hardwood floor. I dried it well and also wiped it down with a damp rag. It dripped through to the basement for about a half hour.
     
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