Don't ask me how I know. Some people will say that there has to be a sealed
pipe, otherwise there's room to expand up the pipe. Balderdash, I say. And
what's the big deal taking 15 minutes and two gallons of RV antifreeze and
going through the house? Also, don't forget the toilet tanks. There is
about a pint of water in there that won't drain, and it needs some
antifreeze in there. And the bow of snake sprayers in the kitchen. Again,
don't ask me how I know.
It disconnects on both end. The first year, I took the head off, and left
the hose hanging down to floor level. This year, I blew air through it
backwards. You ice proof the sprayer by removing all water from it.
Unless the drains were clogged, why would there be any water
CY: The drains would only have waer, if they were horizontal
what little is left in the traps would have plenty of room
CY: I think I remember hearing of traps cracking. The ice
What you need to do is shut off the main water supply valve,
and then drain
as much water as you can from the supply pipes by turning on
ALL the taps,
especially the one in the laundry sink (in the basement), if
there is a tap
CY: Yes, there is a laundry sink. I'm also concerned the
water pipes may have low spots or horizontal runs. Might not
be able to get there with my generator and compressor.
Why is the power off? Reasons beyond the owner's control, or
CY: I'm not totally sure. the house is unoccupied, and
beyond that I'm not sure.
When water freezes it is solid and not compressible and will expand in
all directions. What normally happens is that continued freezing and
thawing expands the pipe a little each time until eventually it
Anything that lowers the freezing point of water will help.
This seems unwise, viz. denies power to lamps and burglar/
fire alarms. Many insurance carriers deny coverage when
electricity is shut off. Canadian houses empty for a week to
several months in winter usually maintain elec. connections
and set furnace heat at 45 to 50 deg. Fahr., with an alarm to
report if the electricity should fail.
I agree. Having the power off is unwise. I'd have to ask
again. I've forgotten why the power is off. I think one or
more of the adult (should behave like them) children owns
the house on paper, and the father is acting with great
love, helping take care of the house. Even though father is
out of work, money is not there, and gasoline to drive to
the house is precious.
Sewage processing plants have to dump the water some where.
Oddly enough, things (like antibiotics, and medications)
have made the full circle from sewer back to domestic water.
Which is why the old "flush pills down the toilet" is poor
advice. Much better they should be wrapped in several layers
of plastic bag, and put in the trash.
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