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Old 09-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Summerization of stix & bricks toilets

When you leave your homes for long periods of time the toilets will evaporate leaving mineral stains and the possible invation of sewer roaches. How do you protect from this? I have considered pouring vegetable oil on to of the water to stop evaporation. I also considered antifreeze in place of water but it may also evaporate. The same problem exists for all sinks and tub drains.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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You can use propylene glycol or RV anti-freeze. It will eventually evaporate but it takes a long time. Vegetable oil is not a good idea from the bacteria angle.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:52 PM   #3
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Pour cooking oil or mineral oil in the toilet. Use enough to have a good film over the water. Will stop the evaporation. Do the same in all the drains. As a plumbing contractor we did this all the time.
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You can use propylene glycol or RV anti-freeze. It will eventually evaporate but it takes a long time. Vegetable oil is not a good idea from the bacteria angle.
I agree. I would use nothing but RV antifreeze. Yes, it will eventually evaporate, but will take it some time to do so. Most homes that are taken over from repos, etc. will use this method when they will be on the market for extended periods of time. You also get the added benefit of freeze protection.

Over time any oil product will become rancid and promote bacterial growth.
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I use the RV Antifreeze in the toilets and drains. After filling the drains close the stoppers, and use cling wrap on the toilets if real dry. Don't forget floor drains and the washing mach. Takes me about 4 gals for 3 baths, kit, bar, laundry, and floor drain in furance room. Do the house in WA in the Fall and the TX house in the Spring.
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