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Old 01-05-2014, 01:04 AM   #31
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-20 degrees and a blizzard (Indiana). Here's my prep list.


The toilet looks like this. It has a good working shutoff valve. We are expecting -22 degrees and this bathroom may not stay above freezing.

If we lose power, I will have to repeat the process on my other three toilets. I have three gallons of RV antifreeze.

My toilets are wall-mounted commercial type.


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Old 01-05-2014, 01:04 AM   #32
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I have to laugh when I see people preparing for these big storms. My basic plan is to just let the government take care of everything. Around here we have no local government to get in the way, so it will just be fema all the way.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:14 AM   #33
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From reading your posts I think one of the main points you are missing is to let the water drip. More as the temp drops inside the home. Sometimes a slow drip does not do it. Go buy a vented natural gas heater big enough to take the edge of the whole house...
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:56 AM   #34
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It took about 36 hours when we lost power in 2006, for the temp in the house to get around 46. That was with the furnace set at 68. It was also before I replaced the old back door and airsealed the heck out of this place, along with placing the foam over the basement windows and putting up insulation around the Rim area in the basement.

I find in my house, that on a night like they are talking about for Monday's overnight temps, and the windchill., the temp drop rate is around a degree approx. every 45 Min's.

I would just go about business as usual. It is supposed to start warming up early Wednesday, so if you do loose power, it probably will not be bad enough to warrant going through the Winterizing process.

If I remember in 2006. I just went downstairs and shut off the water main, left the water heater alone, since it was a standing pilot draft unit, no electric to function. Then I just drained the water out of lines, by opening up the faucets.

I do not even remember if I drained from the laundry tap, to relieve any pressure in the line. So if the power was out longer that weekend, I did not want to deal with the headaches of trying to get a broken water pipe fixed.

We were still new homeowners at that time, but having resources to go stay with my wife's grandmother, who had heat and electricity, we had a warm place to stay.

What was funny about that weekend. We had a shopping trip for my wife's work that we went on to Wood field mall. So all day up in Chicago, the wife would check in with her grandmother to see what the latest was.

We actually were without power for around 36 hours. When it came back on, turned on the water, made some coffee and enjoyed being back in our own home after a day.

My brother now, he has a couple of monitor heaters for his place up in Watertown, NY that he uses when the power goes out. He is used to this stuff, after thirty years of being in the Army, with the last part of his career with 10 the Mountain Division.
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If you need to let the house freeze---

Turn off the water to the house---open all taps---flush the toilets and drain the tanks, then pour RV anti freeze into the bowl---

No anti freeze? Vacuum or sponge all of the water out of the bowl---

If the heat will be off for an expended period---drain the water heater---

This is not a guarantee ----your water meter could still freeze and crack--
water trapped in pipes that do not drain could still get cracked---
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In prep for the little cold snap and snow we had.

I bought a case of beer.
I filled my gas tanks(in case I run out of beer I can get more).
Brought some fire wood in.
Charged my batteries for my flash lights.
Charged my booster battery so I can connect my inverter so I can use my computer and or lap top if power goes out for an extended period of time.
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Turn water off to tank. Flush toilet. Pour 3/4 gallon anti freeze in. Put rest in tank.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:35 AM   #38
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I commend you for being prepared-----We had a cold snap in 1987? where the temperatures dropped to -27 ---

I was out working until the wee hours and watched an amazing site---the power transformers were blowing up ---the power lines shrunk--and snapped---over loading the transformers---

Our area seldom gets that cold--I wonder if the wires are given more slack in the cold areas north of us---??
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Our area seldom gets that cold--I wonder if the wires are given more slack in the cold areas north of us---??
That would be my guess.
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That was one chilly night as I recall---sure did catch the people that neglected the antifreeze in their cars---
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It is supposed to start raining here this evening and turn to snow later tonight and the temps keep dropping to around 1 degree, on the mountains it will be below zero, I am sure glad we are down in a valley. I sure wouldn't want to try going up or down some of these mountain roads after the ice, your tires won't hardly hold going up some of these mountain roads when dry, and when wet they do a lot of spinning.

If we loose power we will just go out in the camper, it has propane heat.
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I've got to make sure that I'm ready for service calls---so I'll be warming up the engine and sorting out my plumbing supplies today---
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I've got to make sure that I'm ready for service calls---so I'll be warming up the engine and sorting out my plumbing supplies today---
Yeah!!!
Fractured, shower control yesterday!
I guess it got cold!
At least, it wasn't the pipes!
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Yesterday we fixed a burst pipe caused by an air leak into a soffit---

Now it has 8 cans of Great stuff and lots of fiberglass---and we left the water off and drained until this odd weather passes-(vacant apartment)
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Turn water off to tank. Flush toilet. Pour 3/4 gallon anti freeze in. Put rest in tank.
Ayuh,... I use automotive antifreeze, so I flush the toilet, use a brush to move as much standin' water as possible over the hump,...
Then pour 'bout 1/2 of the gallon into the bowl, 'n the other 1/2 into the tank,...

'n while that'll save the Toilet,...
The water line goin' to it, is Still a Freeze problem,...

I plumbed my summer house to be self drainin', when I shut-down the water system, so's the water feed line is Safe,...

I also pour 'bout a pint of antifreeze into each drain-trap,...
Kitchen, bath, etc....

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