Don't be TOO mad--it isn't the presence of pink stuff that matters, it is the absence of water.
Originally Posted by abaniki
Is it actually necessary to put antifreeze in for winter storage if the water lines are drained ? Or was I just lucky nothing froze.
In 12 years of Pennsylvania winters, I have never once put that STUFF in my fresh water system. Complete waste of time, money, and taste buds. BUT, you can't just drain the water--you need to blow out the system with compressed air. Very easy to do at home with a small tire-inflation compressor. You just need one of those little schrader valve to hose adaptors. There are plenty of websites that provide details on how to do this. Don't forget to drain your water heater if you have one.
You DO need to put the pink stuff in your drain traps, though.
A few other hints:
--If you have a Keurig coffee maker, you need to take it indoors for the winter. It retains water and cannot be readily drained.
--Don't forget any outside showers or spigots when blowing out.
--I unscrew the shower heads and any other easily removable fixtures. They tend to retain water and only take a second to install.
--Don't forget to sanitize your fresh system with bleach every spring.