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Old 11-22-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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First winterize

Ok, I know I've asked some questions about winterizing my 264bhw before. Finally got around to doing it last night. I bypassed and drained the water heater, then I closed the valve from the water pump to the fresh tank in order to use the clear tube to fill the system with antifreeze. Do I need to leave the valve to the fresh tank closed, or open. Oh, I also used the low point drain and ran the faucets until antifreeze came out of both hot and cold.
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Did you make sure A/F was coming out of all the faucets as well? don't forget the P traps
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Doesn't matter if valve to fresh tank is open or closed. I leave it closed just because I like to switch all the valves at the same time for spring opening.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:03 AM   #4
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Don't forget your outside shower head..
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Did you push IN on the check valve in the city water connection? There is a piece of water line between that hose connection and the line connected to the pump outlet. No antifreeze will fill that line until you open that check valve by pushing in on it with your finger. (remove the screen first)

Also, be sure to crack open your low point drains until antifreeze flows out. Otherwise, some water will sit there and can freeze and break those valves.

And like others said, don't forget the outside shower.

I also like to put enough antifreeze down the toilet and the P-traps until I get some antifreeze coming out of the dump tubes.

And when I'm all done, I open all the faucets - just in case there is still some water somewhere and give room for expansion - just as a precaution.

On edit: Don't forget to blow out the tank rinser line, if you have one.
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Well, I did all that except the low point. I'll do that tonight. What are the P traps?
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Well, I did all that except the low point. I'll do that tonight. What are the P traps?
Sink drains and shower drain have P-traps that prevent tank odors from entering the trailer. They need to be filled, if they didn't get filled when antifreeze flowed out of the faucets.
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Don't forget your outside shower head..
X2. Especially if you never use it it's easy to forget.
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I pour well over a cup of AF in each drain, probably more than needed, but it's cheap insurance. And don't forget to make sure there's some in your toilet, about the same amount as the water left in it after a flush.
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Don't forget your outside shower head..
And don't forget the inside one either. If you use the inside one and turn off the flow at the head between showers the hose will have water trapped in it. Double check the fresh water drain line under the trailer because they usually sag lower than the low point drain and hold a little water and it's just enough to dribble into the plastic low point drain and crack it over the winter.

While we're on the subject of water check and make sure they caulked around the kitchen and bathroom sink. Many are forgotten till your counter top is all rotted out around the sink.
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