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Old 10-28-2004, 07:52 AM   #9
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Default Winterizing toilet-draining bowl

I use a small manually operated bilge pump to drain toilet bowl (cylinderical tube type with hose coming out the side) into the bathtub. It only takes a few strokes an you're done- and not too yucky. You must rembember turn the pump upside down after the last stroke to drain it. I then pour antifreeze into bathtub trap, and enough antifreeze into the toilet to seal out sewer gasses.
If you plan to use the house at all over the winter I suggest removing as much water from the toilet as possible so the antifreeze is more concentrated. January one year, water in the toilet appeared slushy, but there was some more solid ice not visible up in the trap that caused a bit of a flood when 1st flushed. 2nd flush was okay.

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