The best way ... basically same as a cottage, drain the system (switch
off that now empty electric water heater), put antifreeze in the
toilet(s). FWIW, my water tanks are in the basement and have drains on
the bottom ... can't imagine a tank that doesn't have some means of
draining ... e.g. for replacement. A short length of garden hose to the
floor drain and I can drain the system ... which I've done to install
new copper lines in the basement.
Anyone that interested in proving a point is hiding some sort of
benevolent agenda. "Don't listen to anyone else or the internet,
listen to me" screams 'control issue'.
But, I'm not a psychologist...so this is just my experience, I'm not
going to come back and start arguing that you're a "control freak"
simply because it's good form as I'm not a professional experienced in
fixing control freaks.
What????? :-) I'm not telling anyone NOT to garner advice on the web. I'm
saying it's not a good idea to ignore actual experience. This is the damage
done by the web: Fear of experimentation, failure to consider why a
non-standard technique may work, and a complete distrust of personal
experience. How did some people gather knowledge before the web existed and
there were no links to so-called experts, many of whom are no more "expert"
than you or I?
It's hard for me to tell what he's talking about too, because I never
said don't listen to anyone else, or the internet. In fact, I provided
several internet links to useful information and even asked for links
to information that said otherwise.
What I said was opening all the faucets and then just turning off the
main valve without draining the water from the system was not the
correct and accepted way to winterize a house subjected to freezing
temps. And I provided supporting links. Could someone do it that
way and not have the pipes burst? Sure. The pipes also may not have
burst had you done nothing. Or you could now have a weakened pipe
with a bulge somewhere in a wall.
Could someone not change their engine oil for 50K miles and still have
it work OK? Or could someone live in a house with an incorrectly
vented gas heater and not die of CO? Sure, but does that doesn't make
it an OK and acceptable practice.
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