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    Default Freeze Problems Bladder Tank?

    Hi Folks,
    I have a cabin in the West Virginia mountains.We sometimes have a week or two with temps in the teens and twentys, nothing too cold, but cold enough to do damage in an unheated house. It has a shallow well with a jet pump in a crawl space under the house. I always drain the system when I leave in the wintertime and have had no problems with it for some time. This lack of problems of course comes after a multitude of hard learned lessons, 1AM pipe thawing followed by sweating copper at 2:30, cracked pump casings, etc. Anyway I have just replaced my old galvanized pressure tank with a bladder type. My question is: when I drain my system ( pressure tank is at low point) will all the water drain out of the tank? More importantly will the bladder in the tank have problems if it becomes frozen.

    Thanks for your expertise. Enjoy, Bruce

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    If you drain all the water out of the tank, there's nothing that can freeze. Unless the bladder is bust and there is water on top of it that won't drain.
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    I am in the Hills of S.D.to be on the safe side i installed a heat tape around the lower half of my tank even though it is drained.. The tape has a built in thermostat which turns on the tape at 38 degrees..Hope this gives u some peace of mind....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    If you drain all the water out of the tank, there's nothing that can freeze. Unless the bladder is bust and there is water on top of it that won't drain.
    What do you know Gary? You can't even hit a golfball without hitting trees

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    I don't golf but I went with my Dad once when I was 17, in 1959. I don't think I hit any trees but, were you there? I'm thinking you're thinking you know me but there are 4-5 of us in NE PA. I'm the good looking one. Or am I forgetting something?
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    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    I don't golf but I went with my Dad once when I was 17, in 1959. I don't think I hit any trees but, were you there? I'm thinking you're thinking you know me but there are 4-5 of us in NE PA. I'm the good looking one. Or am I forgetting something?
    Yeah, as soon as I saw the name and the cell phone with a PA area code I immediately ass-u-me d it was the father of the Gary father son combination.

    The older Gary owns a HVAC company so I thought it was you and retired with an RV. I did not think it was the son who is about 40 now.

    My mistake Mr. Slusser.

    Nevermind!
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    Well anyway, thanks of thinking of us and saying hello. We're out here 30 miles west of Phoenix right now in short sleeves maintaining our tans.
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    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

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