TruPlug® is a compressed by hand and inserted into the hole stopping or reducing the inward flow of water as the float returns to its original shape.
TruPlug® can also be cut with a razor knife and forced into elongated openings using a putty knife or similar tool.
TruPlug® can be inserted into the ends of borken pipes by twist compressing before inserting and will need to be held in place.
TruPlug® should be included with your damage control kit and kept with your vessel.
TruPlug® is not guaranteed to stop all water leaks and is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with other emergency equipment including bilge pumps. For boats under 30' we recommend two TruPlugs® and a minimum of three for any boat in exccess of 30'.
See how quickly a small hole or breach overwhelms your bilge pump on this flooding chart.
Why should you care? Stopping or slowing the incoming water is critical to saving your vessel.
This chart shows how your pump is quickly overwhelmed by a fairly small hole or breach. A 2” hole in your boat, only 1 foot below the waterline would fill a 55 gallon drum in 40 seconds. This is 3x what a many bilge pumps can handle. And lifting the water, or head height of the discharge makes a pump even less effective!
Bilge pumps are for small amounts of “casual” water and cannot do the job. This is why TruPlug has saved boats.