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Old 10-03-2017, 10:08 AM   #1
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Winterizing Question?

Can you drain the fresh water tank and put a few gallons of antifreeze in the tank and run the pump to fill the lines? What is the negative if there is one to doing it this way, instead of disconnecting lines near the pump?
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:27 AM   #2
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Do a search for "winterizing". This is a fairly popular topic recently. The short answer is that you don't put a/f in the fresh water tank.
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The negatives are that 1) it takes a lot more antifreeze to fill the tank enough to the point that the pump will suck it and 2) that it takes a lot more work getting it all out in the spring.

If youíre going ahead and disconnecting lines, it seems like it should be easy to just install a winterization kit. Do it once and itís there for future uses.
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Do a search for "winterizing". This is a fairly popular topic recently. The short answer is that you don't put a/f in the fresh water tank.
Why would that be? I know that it is a popular topic. I believe that some videos do it through the fresh water tank. I am trying to get the positives and the negatives.
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Do it once, and after the process of cleaning it out of the tank in the spring, you won't do that again
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Old 10-03-2017, 11:03 AM   #6
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Why would that be? I know that it is a popular topic. I believe that some videos do it through the fresh water tank. I am trying to get the positives and the negatives.
Other than in an absolute pinch of being up against a couple of freezing days/nights and you had no other way of ingesting antifreeze into your system, I can think of NO pros for putting antifreeze in your fresh water tank.

It wastes too much to get to the level of the suction port and it takes multiple flushes to get it out in the spring. Add an antifreeze port and you have all positives and no negatives.
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Old 10-03-2017, 02:27 PM   #7
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Why not just open all of the faucets. Open the low point drains and let the lines drain. The fresh water tank should have a drain valve too. Once the tank is empty, run the fresh water pump for about 15 seconds to get the water out of it. That is what I do every year and have had no issues.
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Why not just open all of the faucets. Open the low point drains and let the lines drain. The fresh water tank should have a drain valve too. Once the tank is empty, run the fresh water pump for about 15 seconds to get the water out of it. That is what I do every year and have had no issues.
Sound EZ but the first time I heard that one.
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Why not just open all of the faucets. Open the low point drains and let the lines drain. The fresh water tank should have a drain valve too. Once the tank is empty, run the fresh water pump for about 15 seconds to get the water out of it.
As mentioned in other threads, unless you blow out your lines with compressed air, you run the risk of water remaining in parts of the line.
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Why not just open all of the faucets. Open the low point drains and let the lines drain. The fresh water tank should have a drain valve too. Once the tank is empty, run the fresh water pump for about 15 seconds to get the water out of it. That is what I do every year and have had no issues.
I've been doing it this way for years and never had a problem.
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