Originally Posted by Bassdogs
Pink or Air??? Its your choice!! Just remember the things that cause problems with the air method, cause same issues with using the"stuff". Miss a faucet or forget the outside shower and bingo.
This is not hard to do. Just pick your method and go slow and don't get sidetracked.
An advantage with air is that I can dewinterize on a trip south and then winterize again in a rest area on I65 on the way home. Or do the same several time on a trip with warm and cold stops. No pink to carry or replace and no need to super flush the system.
I agree 100%. And I might go further by saying that if you live in an area with mild winters, where you get some freezing nights and never
see temps in the single digits or below zero, then the air method is probably the best way to go.
But be cautioned once again, if you don't get all water out of the system, bad things can happen. Someone mentioned earlier about the PEX tubing (used for water lines) is tough stuff and won't break easily. While that's true, it is NOT
true for the plastic valves and the pump, which is of the most concern to me. If there is ANY
water left in your low point drains, in the pump, or in faucets, the expansion from freezing water can easily break things. And leaks will occur the next season - and/or the pump will be non-operational.
I winterize with anti-freeze because it displaces water. And
because I use the pump to suck it out of the jug, the pump head is filled with pink stuff, as well. I just winterized last week, with the forecast calling for temps in the upper teens for last weekend. Sunday morning I woke up to 6 degrees! And I am confident that next spring, after flushing my system, everything will be fine.
But again, if I lived in areas with mild winters, I would go with the air method. Everyone has to make that judgement call and do what makes them feel safe. Lots of opinions here - but it is as simple as that!