Saranwrapping a toilet bowel

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Old 08-21-16, 04:41 PM
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Saranwrapping a toilet bowel

Hi All, I have a condo on the second floor in SW Fl. people here tell me to seal the toilet bowel when we leave in May and return in Oct.,I can't see why, the trap would remain full of water the entire time.
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Old 08-21-16, 04:43 PM
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How will the trap remain full of water? Without regular use the water will evaporate away and allow sewer gas into the home.
 
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Old 08-21-16, 04:55 PM
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We use RV antifreeze in the bowl only, after draining the tank to keep it from freezing and to keep the liquid from evaporating. We also wrap it in saran wrap to keep people (such as workers) from using the the toilet until it is de-winterized.
 
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Old 08-21-16, 07:05 PM
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Chandler's reasoning is the correct answer. The wrapping is only to prevent use by strangers or to do a high school trick to the girls john.
 
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Old 08-22-16, 12:59 AM
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I doubt freezing is a real problem is it?

I think no matter what you do the trap water will eventually evaporate from the vent. I guess saran wrap would be as good as anything.
 
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Old 08-22-16, 02:13 AM
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It's hard to believe that much water would evaporate in 6 mths,from a toilet bowel trap,I could see from sink and tub traps,there not as big.
It's hard to find RV antifreeze in SW Fl.may have to bring some down from up North.
 
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Old 08-22-16, 04:43 AM
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I have a seldom used bathroom that I have to go in and flush at least once a month or water evaporates.
 
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I have no problem believing a trap would dry in six months, it happens a lot faster than that in our units if they're unoccupied over the winter.
 
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Old 08-22-16, 02:52 PM
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Is there a better way to prevent it?
 
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Old 08-22-16, 07:20 PM
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Your best bet is RV antifreeze. You should be able to pick some up at your local RV dealer. Or they can order it for you.
 
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I get evaporation with or without RV antifreeze. It's mostly water and some brands use alcohol rather than glycol so I would assume that would evaporate even faster. After a couple winter months I come back to a tiny red spot in the bottom of the bowl.

I've never tried wrapping it but sounds reasonable.
 
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Old 08-23-16, 10:31 AM
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As long as you remember it's there or you get what Norm alludes to.
 
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Old 08-23-16, 01:52 PM
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And in case anybody is wondering, no I've never done it to the the girls john or any toilet. :NO NO NO:
 
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