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Old 02-13-2019, 05:00 PM   #1
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Winterizing Question

Would it be okay to only blowout the lines, then add antifreeze to the p-traps and drains? I've always had the dealer do it and they run antifreeze through the lines. I will be doing it myself next winter and just want to make sure.


Also, would I gain anything from draining the lines after each use? We go about 6-8 weeks in between trips during the summer. Thanks.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:05 PM   #2
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A lot of people do that so you should be fine. I blow out my lines and suck antifreeze through them plus put it down the sink and shower drains along with leaving some in the toilet. Don't forget about the outside shower if you have one.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:15 PM   #3
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Thanks. Should I drain the lines in between trips? I havent been, but wondering if I should.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:40 PM   #4
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I drain my tank and low point and water heater if my unit is going to be sitting more then a couple weeks to prevent stagnate water sitting around in the tank/lines
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Thanks. Should I drain the lines in between trips? I havent been, but wondering if I should.
Not in the summer.
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:23 PM   #6
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I blow mine out and put antifreeze in the p-traps. The key to blowing the lines out is give them plenty of time to make sure you get all the water out. Also, the bigger the tank on the compressor the better. I have a fairly small one and have to wait for the tank to completely fill back up before doing the next line.

For me, I blow every line, then go back through and do each one again one more time just to be sure. The easiest one to forget is the outside shower.

This has worked for me and I live in Colorado where temperatures are usually below freezing every night. Just be thorough and careful.
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I drain my tank and low point and water heater if my unit is going to be sitting more then a couple weeks to prevent stagnate water sitting around in the tank/lines
I also do this for the same reason. It is so easy to do that I made it part of my normal after camping unpacking process.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:59 PM   #8
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I was thinking I should be draining it in between trips. Guess I will add it to the checklist. Thank you everyone for the help.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:04 PM   #9
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What about filter on pump inlet?
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:46 AM   #10
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Everything I've read says to remove the filter before pumping antifreeze through. But I dont have one on and next winter will be my first time.
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I'm talking about when blowing out with air
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:39 PM   #12
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I drain everything between trips if more than 4 weeks by just opening the low point drains. Note if you do this either shut off or drain the WH as well or you will get annode material in your sinks.

I blow out in the late fall just in case it freezes. Once done for the year I put in antifreeze. Blowing the lines out should be enough but every year I have to fix my sprinkler that is blown out so I figure it is worth the time and $6 to do it.

One additional note for you on the filter. I removed the onboard one and just use an inline filter. It was a pain to remove multiple times and they just leak anyway. Dont forget to shutoff and bypass your water heater still as well.
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Thank you
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:06 PM   #14
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If I'm correct I believe farmboy is talking about the small screen filter on the intake side of the water pump. If you don't remove the cup and empty it, it will freeze and crack. Most winterizing connection are installed between the FW tank and the screen filter so if you use the connection to pump AF through your plumbing you don't need to worry as the screen filter will fill with AF.


If you only blow out the plumbing through your city water connection then you will have a problem as water will remain in the screen filter.
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Exactly scrapper. Thank you
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You might already know this, but if you blow with air, don't forget to also 'flush' the toilet and clear the water out of the lines leading up to the toilet. Somebody else mentioned the outside shower.
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Yes thank you
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