When the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) inside a house, there is a good chance that water will freeze. When water freezes it expands 9% and pipes can crack or burst. There is not only water in plumbing supply pipes but in every thing hooked up to it such as appliances, plumbing fixtures, furnace, furnace humidifier, CA, spray hoses and water softeners.
If you are planning to be away from the house or cottage during the winter months, winterize everything that still holds water after the plumbing supply pipes have been drained.
- Adding antifreeze to toilets and drains.
- Draining water from appliances, furnace, CA, furnace humidifiers, etc.
- For more information on winterizing homes with hydronic or hot water heating systems, draining water supply lines, antifreeze and giving your home or cottage that "lived-in look" when you are gone, see links below.
ADDING ANTIFREEZE TO TOILETS AND DRAINS
Turn off water supply. Flush toilet. Use a plunger to remove some of the water from the toilet bowl. If there is still some water in the tank after flushing, flush again and hold the flush lever down till all the water has been drained. Loosen water supply feed tube and drain. Add quart of antifreeze to toilet bowl.
Add two cups of antifreeze to all drains for kitchen
and bathroom sinks
, laundry tubs
DRAINING WATER FROM APPLIANCES, FURNACE, CA, HUMIDIFIER, SPRAY HOSES, WATER SOFTENERS
Turn off water supply. Run for a few seconds. Disconnect and drain discharge hose, then re-connect. Add quart of antifreeze to the drain and turn on the dishwasher again for a few seconds so the pump will be protected . Disconnect power supply.