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Vince shows how to prepare your house for the cold and winterize the bathroom.
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How to winterize a bathroom? Hi, I’m Vince Clingenpeel. We’re talking about winterizing your home or preparing it for an extended absence. Now we’re in the bathroom, we got to talk about the few things you need to consider. Now, we’re over at the main water valve. Shutting it off can be as easy as that, you just carry the outside lever. This little middle old nut is used to drain the water above the valve. Below the valve, pressure from the stream is still alive. You got to remember to be able to drain this water out. You can do that from the meter outside or you might need to get a plumber to help you put an exterior valve shut off and provides you with a way to drain this section right here. We’ve turned water off, the main valve is off, and all the faucets are on. We’re trying to drain the system. But there are a few things that need to be done in the meantime. The toilets off, you want to flush it. What that does, it starts to drop the water level down in the tank. The tank has to be completely empty. You can cup it out, you could sponge it out. I have a nice little pump here. You can buy it at almost any hardware store and attach this to your drill. So, we pumped all the water out of the tank and we wiped it dry. Now, we’re going to do the bowl using the same pump. We’re going to get all the water out that’s in here. So, your tank is empty and it’s dry, you’ve emptied your bowl. You can’t leave your bowl empty like it is now. This is now a three-inch hole to the sewer system. There are gases and things coming out of here. This is actually your water trap in the bowl. So, you take your mixture of antifreeze, 50-50 with water and you have to be sure that you fill it up just enough to seal the hole. You’re not going to need any more than that. Now, we’re talking about the tub, under the floor this is your typical 2-inch drain in a shower or a tub. This holds about 2 cups of water all of the time. That’s your trap; the trap holds the water that traps the gases back from entering in the house. So you have to remember to get an antifreeze mixture in here. If you got 2 cups, you need to displace it with 1 cup of antifreeze. So the first thing we do is take the stopper out. Funnels are handy items, it’s a transmission funnel, get it in any hard store. If you have sensitive skin you might want to put on some Latex gloves to protect your hands. The next place we’re doing is the sink. This is the trap that’s in the sink, smaller than the tub obviously, so one and a quarter, one and a half inch trap. This holds only about a cup of water. So, you’re going to only need to put about a half a cup of full strength antifreeze. If you’re using the 50-50, remember to put in a full cup to displace all the original water. One thing you want to remember is after you’ve opened the valve, take your aerator off and set it aside. When you power up this room again and the water flows, you don t want to clog up your aerator; it’s a good chance to flush your system. Then all you need to do is this antifreeze. That will run on down in there. A damp cloth is always handy to wipe up any spillage, try to avoid any stains that might be left. Then you look in the medicine cabinet and in the vanity. You’re looking for liquids that might freeze, perfumes, oils, toothpaste any stuff like that, you want to remember to pack that stuff up and take it with you. You don’t want it to freeze. It will be useless when you come back. Now let’s go and talk about the kitchen.