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Old 03-08-2018, 06:40 AM   #11
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For how simple it is to do, I would use a blow out plug to blow the water out of the lines, and a splash of antifreeze in the sinks, shower and toilet.
Can you elaborate on how you use a "blow out plug to blow the water out of the lines"? Thanks!
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A blow out plug screws into the city water connection and you connect a source of air to it to pressurize the water lines to blow the water out the faucets. You will need regulator set to 35-40 psi.. so you do not damage the lines. Go to the farthest faucet and work your way back to the closest one to the water tank. Bypass the water heater and drain it when your sure that you have removed as much water as you can ie. nothing but air out of the faucets then put antifreeze down the drains about 1 cup to fill traps and some in the toilet but do not flush this will help to keep the seal from drying out. Also don't forget to drain the water tank and I use a bucket to drain the holding tanks just make sure you have already dumped.
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:06 AM   #13
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dagst1 has the procedure.
This is what they look like.
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:49 AM   #14
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And dont forget about out side shower and open both low point drains. Plus leave all taps open...
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Would a simple water pressure regulator work with the blowout plug or is a fancier adjustable one for air preferred? Can someone post a link? I've been pumping the pink through the lines but might try blowing em out next time.
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It is just a basic air compressor like you use to pump up tires. you can buy cheap air compressors . the regulator is for air pressure on the compressor.
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It is just a basic air compressor like you use to pump up tires. you can buy cheap air compressors . the regulator is for air pressure on the compressor.
Gotcha. Now that I think about it, I believe mine has the adjustment but I've just always kept it wide open. Thanks!
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Short basic video;
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I was curious about this as well when I first winterized our unit last year. A gentleman in a video I saw made a good point about doing both because the antifreeze will keep seals in the pump, and faucets from drying out and cracking over time. So yeah, for the $7 bucks a year, I'll continue to run AF. But for the OP's situation, blowing the lines may be enough if he's using it frequently in the winter. But I'm with others on not letting it sit for a few days in freezing weather without winterizing it in some sense. Just not worth the risk for the little effort it takes.

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Old 04-06-2018, 04:12 AM   #20
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One thing I don't like about winterizing, is flushing out all of the anti-freeze. I have no problem with blowing out the lines.

As a side note, I always use anti-freeze to winterize. This year, I flushed the lines and headed south, a little too early. So far, no problems, but I wish I had just blown the lines out, before I left. They've already had a 25 degree night, with 2 more on the way.

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