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Old 09-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:52 PM   #12
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... never had a freezing problem (while living in Ohio) and never used any other system than blow the lines clear and add antifreeze to the traps.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:13 PM   #13
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I've had no problems for many years just blowing out the lines, but I see nothing wrong with doing both. I don't think that there's enough water to break anything when I'm done. Don't forget to blow out the black tank flush too and any water filters you may have. There can possibly be some water in there.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:47 PM   #14
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Drain the hot water tank. Blow the lines thoroughly. Pour anti freeze down the traps. Never a problem.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:06 PM   #15
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What about the water line going from the fresh tank into the pump? I know the valve gets shut off on that line so the syphon line can suck antifreeze but would there be a bit of water left behind that? Or would gravity cause it to fall back into the fresh tank?
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:31 PM   #16
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Never actually looked at it. I hook the air line up to the city water connection and blow out all of the water. It does take some time as I go to each faucet/toilet a few times back and forth. I blow till there is no water at all.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #17
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Just did mine for the first time. Used antifreeze without blowing the lines. It seems to me like an unnecessary step, since the water is displaced by the antifreze anyways. jMO.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:18 PM   #18
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Just did mine for the first time. Used antifreeze without blowing the lines. It seems to me like an unnecessary step, since the water is displaced by the antifreze anyways. jMO.
it would mix not displace IMO. where blowing out would allow for a higher concentrate.
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As a fellow Minnesota I would absolutely at minimum use the pink stuff. Personally I blow out the lines, drain the tanks, make sure the bypass valves during the process are all opened to ensure there is no potential captured water in any vertical sections. I open the screen filter on the pump and clean it, this will drain any water in the pickup tube. Once I feel that I have the system drained, then and only then do I add antifreeze. I bypass the water heater, it is a mess to drain and rinse if you add antifreeze to it. I also make sure to add enough antifreeze to the traps.

My reason to blow the lines first; It gets really cold here and I do not want to risk diluting the antifreeze and risk a ruptured pipe. My opinion, a little extra work will guaranty that in the spring all I have to due is flush, sterilize and go.
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I used to do both. But now just run the pink stuff through all the water lines.
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