Draining the Pipes
At the end of the day, we prepped the house to prevent the pipes from freezing. I’ve gone through this process a few times with Bob, but he checked in on us during the afternoon and gave me another walkthrough. There’s not a lot to it, but it was helpful to have him go over the steps one more time since I would be doing it on my own.
When Liz showed up at the house, we proceeded to drain all the water from the 2nd and 1st floors. First thing: turn off the main water valve in the basement. After that, flushed the toiled on the second floor, and then opened up the sink and tub. Once that was done, we opened up the sink on the 1st floor.
Once all the water had drained out, there was still a bit left to do in the basement. We uncoupled the hoses (connecting the spigots in the basement to the sink on the 1st floor). Once these were drained, we then went back and closed everything up.
We put a small heater on low, next to the main water line coming in. Though the basement is pretty chilly, this was just an extra bit of backup.
And to be super safe: a little anti-freeze in the toilet, upstairs.
Our Old House Has New Plumbing