Frozen Toilets?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread
Just bought some of that pink RV water system antifreeze. Occured to me that the bathroom at the front of the house may not be heated (intend to heat and live in the back of the house, lower fuel requirements).
While Winters here are not usually that cold we have had occasions in the last 12 years where temp dropped below 0 F for a week at a time. Will turn off water to toilet and fill with RV antifreeze so toilet will not freeze and break. The water pipe to that end will also be drained.
Those of you planning on a bug-out may want to do the same to toilets and drains just in case you can come back, (or thinking positive, when you come back) you don't come back to a lot of water and ice damage.
-- LM (email@example.com), October 23, 1999
What temp will the antifreeze protect to? Zero deg F may freeze the antifreeze.
-- Lars (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 23, 1999.
The stuff I got today is good to minus 50
-- (email@example.com), October 23, 1999.
rcarver is right. Mine says -50 F. That's if used at full strength. Diluted 50/50 probably good to 0 F.
The stuff is propylene glycol the non-toxic stuff. Ethylene glycol (automotive antifreeze) will work just as well but is toxic as all get out and I expect that it would kill your septic system.
-- LM (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 24, 1999.
Actually, guys, car antifreeze has the most protection when it is diluted half and half. I suspect that the other kind does too.
-- Al K. Lloyd (email@example.com), October 24, 1999.
isn't there something also about putting antifreeze in the water pipes so that methane gas can't enter your home?
-- tt (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 26, 1999.