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Old 10-02-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Cool De-winterizing Question and winterizing

The latest winterizing/dewinterizing instructions call for "sanitizing" the fresh water system after flushing out the anti-freeze. Does anyone know how to achieve the sanitizing?
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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Usually it's a very small amount of bleach, but be certain to rinse very thoroughly, as bleach will rot rubber. I use 1/2 cup per full tank, adding the bleach at about the half-way mark as I fill. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, then drain tank, fill again, drain tank, fill. Water goes on the landscape, even that small amount of bleach won't hurt much. I suspect others have their own ideas.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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I do the bleach thing too. About 1/2 cup for a full tank. Run it through the lines, top up the tank, let it sit a couple hours, then do two full rinses. Using the low point drain, I have actually not had to do this in a a few years now, and only do when there is any evidence of odour present in the water.
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I follow Jim's method, running each faucet until I smell bleach to be sure to "sanitize" the water lines.
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for this helpful information!
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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The Black and Grey tanks drain through the sewer connection, the fresh tank drains through the valve at the bottom of the fresh tank, the hot water heater drains via the anode.
I always open and drain my "low point drain" but what I don't really know is: what is the "low point drain" draining? I only seem to get a few dribbles even when I raise and lower my tongue jack.
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The low point drain is draining the water in your water lines that run from your tanks to your faucets and toilet. At any time they are full of water otherwise you would have air coming out when you turn on the faucet.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:11 PM   #8
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To drain your lines though the low point, you need to open all the taps. If you open the drain without opening the traps, it wouldn't surprise me if the lines don't drain.
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Kinda like holding your thumb on the top of a drinking straw filled with water.
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I use a hand pump to siphon RV anti-freeze into the lines through the city water inlet. Les opens the taps, one at a time until pink comes out. I used very little anti-freeze ( maybe a litre or two ) for this part of the process. Another gallon went into traps.
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