“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
Yep, stuff happens. In this case, while checking our water levels one of the drainage lines got knocked loose and while we were out it managed to somehow come completely free and started draining water EVERYWHERE!
Fortunately we noticed as soon as we got home and our set-up is in our completely unfinished basement so nothing was damaged; it was just a major pain to clean up.
So, let this be a lesson for y’all:
1) Never put your set-up somewhere that you can’t afford to have a little (or a lot) of water make a mess. And
2) Check on your hydroponics frequently. Things happen and it’s easier to deal with them right away. You may notice that your pH levels are off, a light is out, a plant has gotten too big and fallen over, or that your basement now has a small pond :-p