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Old 02-08-2009, 03:46 PM  
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Hi guys, I have been reading a few things on this site and your information is very helpful and much appreciated. I purchased a fixer upper in northeast PA. Which has one of those blue water pressure tanks in my crawlspace. I drive for a living and I winterize when I leave. I drain the pipes that I can and add RV antifreeze to my traps and toilet. This past week however was very cold and the ball valve and a pipe came apart from freezing as well as water freezing inside the pressure tank. My question is until I move the tank and inclose it will these next five steps work to winterize my tank?

1 - Turn off the power to the submerged well pump.
2 - Run the water until it stops.
3 - drain the tank by the drain valve on the tank, also emptying the pipe with the ball valve on it.
4 - When I return home put a small electric heater near the tank to warm up the bladder.
5 - Turn on the power and refill the tank.

Are these step advisable?

Thank you for your input, Sincerely, Ron



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Old 02-08-2009, 05:27 PM  
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Welcome Ron:
It sounds like a plan to me, Man. You had that one worked out before you called, didn't you?
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:28 PM  
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Thanks Glenn for confirming my hopes in winterizing this tank. I was unsure about draining the water. I thought it would the release air pressure as well but that does not appear to be the case. I will be fixing the pipes when I return home this weekend and hopefully the bladder will be OK. Once I fill it back up, I’ll try the air valve to see if water comes out which is something I read here in the forum to find out if the bladder is torn. Thank you for your input, Ron

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