When winterizing last weekend, I vowed to get everything right this time. In the past it has been stuff like leaving the low point drains open when pumping antifreeze, or forgetting to switch the hot water heater bypass. So, everything was going good.....drained though the low point drains, recapped them, blew through each line at the faucets, and was ready to add antifreeze. I might have been dreaming this, but somewhere I thought I read where if you put something in the water filter canister, then you save antifreeze by not wasting that volume. So, I filled an empty Gatorade bottle with water, and it was a good fit to take up some volume. I started the water pump and began siphoning the antifreeze. Things were going great. The pump stopped, but I couldn't get any flow out of the faucets....when I opened them the pump would not cut back on. Crapola....what the heck was going on ?? I finally looked at that darn Gatorade bottle in the water filter canister.......it had floated to the top and blocked the outlet !! So, I can't take the water canister off, or loosen a line or I would have had antifreeze everywhere. What do I do ?? Well, I thought about the city water inlet. So, I go out and push in the check valve, and antifreeze flies, but at least I have relieved the pressure. I take the Gatorade bottle out, start the flow again, and the pump doesn't stop any time soon. I check outside, and water is coming out of the city water connection.......the check valve did not reset.
No matter what I do, I can't get that darn check valve to reset. Aaarrrggghhhh !!! So, I add a water hose cutoff to the city water inlet, and finish the antifreeze pumping.
So to save 20 oz. of antifreeze, I now have to replace the city water check valve. And I don’t know what the heck I was thinking about to save some antifreeze in the canister…….I use what is left in the canister to pour down my drains, anyway. Stupid is as stupid does.
Thought y’all might like a laugh at my expense.