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Old 08-04-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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Newbie question on winterizing

If I choose not to Install a water pump bypass what is the best way to winterize? Should I pour the antifreeze In my fresh water holding tank and use the pump to draw anti freeze into water lines..
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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I have a short piece of hose that I screw on the intake of my water pump that is inserted into my gallon jugs of anti-freeze. Turn on the pump and then open each faucet and flush each toilet. Don't forget the outside shower as well. Also, to save on anti-freeze you want to bypass your hot water tank. I would not advise pouring any anti-freeze into fresh holding tank. Besides the fact it would probably take several gallons for the pump to pick it up I think flushing the tank would be a pain when spring comes along.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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It is not a water PUMP bypass it is a water HEATER bypass that should be installed. If you don't install a water heater bypass, you will need an extra 6 or 10 gallons of anti freeze (depending upon the size of your water heater). This is how much anti freeze it would take to fill up your water heater. I would check with whomever you bought the unit from to see if one is installed.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:10 AM   #4
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Maybe I didn t use the right words . I have a water heater by pass and understand I works ... I'm talking about he water pump taking the antifreeze directly from the bottle... I believed it was answered I'n the first reply...
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:07 PM   #5
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Maybe I didn t use the right words . I have a water heater by pass and understand I works ... I'm talking about he water pump taking the antifreeze directly from the bottle... I believed it was answered I'n the first reply...

You may have to add the little port/valve for where the antifreeze siphon tube connects on the input side of the pump. I would think since you already have the bypass, the port/valve is there as well.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:26 PM   #6
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I use compressed air and blow out the lines, haven't used antifreeze for two years except to pour down the drains to protect the p traps
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I use compressed air and blow out the lines, haven't used antifreeze for two years except to pour down the drains to protect the p traps
Can you explain how you blow the lines out ... Do you find that to be more effective?
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