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Old 12-06-2021, 04:25 PM   #1
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Georgie Boy winterizing. New guy

Just a little concerned …drained the tanks..low point drains opened until no drips..closed the drains. Bypassed water heater and drained it.. I have an air fitting just above the water panel. Applied 25 lbs air..and opened individual water valves in kitchen and bathroom..and outside shower…got no water…still nervous about it…how do I put in antifreeze? I did put some in the p traps. One other my roof strong enough to support my weight (250). If not why is there a ladder?
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Old 12-06-2021, 11:07 PM   #2
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You've done good already. You don't need the pink stuff in anything other then the drains and toilet. Remember to winterize the washer if you have one...often people forget it. It has a drain that should get antifreeze too. One thing I do is remove the water pump and rotate it around as water drains out of the orifices. Then put it back in place without connecting it. It's not very susceptible to freezing anyway but I like to drain it.

Remember that the left over water (after draining them) in the tanks won't harm them even if it freezes solid. The liquid is spread out in the fresh water tank and it's designed with the kind of plastic to withstand it. The grey and black you put in antifreeze anyway and that makes the liquids stay slushy.

Oh, another thing I did would open all the shower heads and faucets and leave them open all winter. And repeatedly flush the toilet before that final splash of antifreeze in the bowl. I have disconnected the toilets pipe too so it drains but wasn't sure that was needed with repeated flushes.

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Old 12-07-2021, 02:46 PM   #3
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Don't forget outside shower /faucet . Air doesn't like to blow water up and out of shower/toilet hoses best to have those down as you blow out. Menards had the Camco winterize kit on shelves, you put before pump and you don't necessarily have to mount permanently, if piping is tight to pump.
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Old 12-07-2021, 05:17 PM   #4
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Yes.. if you blow out with air.. don't forget toilet, ice maker, DW, or and clothes washer..
Now I do both.. I blow out.. drain low points bypass water heater.. no ice maker or extras.
Now they make a kit.. very cheap.. that hooks to water pump and then pump about 3 gal through system..
I just go back by Fresh water tank.. disconnect and plug line.. then open water pump low point drain.. add 24 inches of 3/4 or 5/8 heater hose over low point drain.. use hose clamp..
Then put hose in one gal antifreeze and let water pump suck it up.. then flush antifreeze though everything..
Use what is left in traps and add some in tanks.. I even like to runs some through water heater bypass..
Good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:31 PM   #5
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You are welcome Dave.. I should have added.. I live in ohio.. so I like to see pink in all the lines.. that way.. I confirm that antifreeze is in all the lines.. and yes.. I leave the faucets all open.. so good luck and keep us posted
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