Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 11  -  November 2017

Roxanne's Sales Talk


If you are not going to be heating the house, turn off the water and drain all the water lines. You also need to turn off electricity or the pilot light (if gas) on the water heater and drain the water heater. If you donít have a floor drain, attach a garden hose to the bottom of the water heater and run it outside. Disconnect garden hoses and empty pipes leading to outside faucets.

Whether you keep the heat on or off, most people will put a cup of antifreeze in the washer and dishwasher, then turn it on drain for a second, then shut it off. Pour some in the sink drains and in the toilet, tub and shower drain as well. RV antifreeze works well.

I personally recommend cleaning your refrigerator/freezer out for the winter, even if you are leaving the power on. Make sure everything is shut off and prop refrigerator open so it doesnít get mold. Most people donítí come up often enough to their cabin in the winter to check to make sure the refrigerator is still running and the power is on. It is a real mess if it goes out and you donít catch it until spring. Always have someone checking your cabin periodically in the winter. In the summer when you come back to the cabin make sure after you turn the water on, that you get all the air out of the water heater and that it is full of water before you turn the power back on, or you will burn out the top element out if it isnít covered in water.

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