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  • Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

    Can some kind of less evaporative oil be used in basement floor drains?
    In Colorado's low humidity, I find a lot of dried out traps in basements and unused guest showers and tubs.

    Could I refill the traps with water and pour a little vegetable oil on top
    to minimizevaporation?

    Thank you.

    Robert
    Last edited by Robert Gift; 05-27-2010, 11:04 AM.
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    Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

    Try a little mineral oil.

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

      I have had good luck with vegetable oil for unused shower drains, floor drains, etc. at the school district.

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      • #4
        Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

        mark is right. i used to use veg oil. now mineral. bugs don't really like mineral oil. breid..............

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        • #5
          Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

          ...mineral oil is the best. veg oil will become rancid in time.

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          • #6
            Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

            Just a thought. If it's unused and in Colorado...why not use glycol? Then if there is a heat failure the traps are not only going to stay full they will also be safe from freeze damage.

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            • #7
              Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

              Originally posted by Kevin Jones View Post
              Just a thought. If it's unused and in Colorado...why not use glycol? Then if there is a heat failure the traps are not only going to stay full they will also be safe from freeze damage.
              Can you say enviromental oops! Lets not give out advice which can hurt the enviroment Mother Nature is having a hard time as it is (Gulf of Mexico)
              Last time I try to fix it myself. Next time I will hire a PROFESSIONAL.

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                Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

                Originally posted by xooma View Post
                Can you say enviromental oops! Lets not give out advice which can hurt the enviroment Mother Nature is having a hard time as it is (Gulf of Mexico)
                No... Propylene glycol is food grade and non harmful. There are other types of save anti-freeze as well.

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                • #9
                  Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

                  Originally posted by Kevin Jones View Post
                  No... Propylene glycol is food grade and non harmful. There are other types of save anti-freeze as well.
                  Just want to make sure that when others read this they understand that there are different types of glycol out there, and not just go down to the local auto store purchase any type and throw it in the drain. Thanks for the clarification.
                  Last time I try to fix it myself. Next time I will hire a PROFESSIONAL.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

                    http://www.trapguard.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dried-up floor drain traps. Alternative liquids?

                      Product made specifically for keeping traps primed


                      ttp://www.waterless.com/catalog/prod...63upmv1bpocbg5

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