OK not to use plumbing fixtures for months?


Old 10-03-14, 10:55 AM
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OK not to use plumbing fixtures for months?

I live simply in Florida. I have a bathroom (tub, sink, toilet) and a shower in another bathroom that I use only when I have company (a few times a year). Does it harm those fixtures' parts not to use them for months? (I think of snow birds, who are away for months at a time.) Should I be running water through them at least once a week to keep them in good shape? Thanks.
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Old 10-03-14, 11:04 AM
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Nope, may want to run some water to keep the traps full of water so you do not get sewer gasses in the house because they dried out.
Old 10-03-14, 12:15 PM
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Another trick is to pour water in the drain to fill the trap with water. Then pour a couple ounces of mineral oil into the drain. Do not use vegetable or cooking oil as it can sour or turn rancid. The oil will float on top of the water and slow evaporation. The water is still exposed on the outlet side of the trap so there will be some evaporation but it will be greatly reduced.
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