Getting The Water Out of The Cottage Toilet – Oops!

Well….I guess I am not as smart as I think I am…Here I go, writing posts telling you all how to disconnect the water and winterize your cottages, holding myself out to be some kind of cottage handyman. Yup….except something has been nagging me all week, something about the cottage and something I forgot to do when I took the water off last week. I remembered this morning. I didn’t take the water out of the toilet bowl and tank. Uh-oh…dumb…
So I am off to the cottage this morning to do that. I’m not panicked because I know it hasn’t been cold enough to cause a big problem like a cracked bowl or tank, but it could have been or I could have forgotten completely which would have surely resulted in a frozen cracked toilet.
The easiest way to get the water out of a toilet tank and bowl is to shut the water off, and then flush the toilet. That gets rid of most of the water in the tank, displacing it to the bowl. Then I like to use one of these Wilmar All Purpose Siphon Pump’s

This little gadget makes getting the remaining water in the tank and bowl out easily, into a bucket which I can throw outside. Then I use a sponge to wipe up the remaining water and finally an old rag or towel to fully dry the tank and bowl. I had a bowl freeze and crack once and I don’t want to have to go to the expense and bother of replacing another one. Besides, a cracked bowl can be very dangerous if you sit down and it breaks….not to mention embarrassing….and potentially messy….
*UpDate* My wife and I made a trip to the cottage today and drained the water from the toilet, and I would say just in time. Man…was that water cold….here is a picture of my apparatus for draining it. One little problem I did encounter though…my bucket had a hole in it….Haha…that was a bit of a boo-boo….

LMAO it’s not every day that you get to look down into someone’s toilet is it? We have no boundaries and apparently no couth here at The Cottage Chronicles…..

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7 thoughts on “Getting The Water Out of The Cottage Toilet – Oops!”

  1. I’ve never seen a gadget like that. We use our cabin all winter, but after I drained our water lines last weekend, I didn’t put any RV antifreeze into the bowl. I sure hope that my toilet doesn’t crack by the time I get back up there. I’ll let you know….;)

  2. Hi Denise, anonymous was me, I screwed up leaving a reply to your comment…ha…I dunno, I’m not in the far north, but far enough I guess. I have never heard of anyone else having trouble with antifreeze either, but once was enough for me. My motto now is dry and go…

  3. Rob, not sure if you first removed the water or not but I’m guessing that you may not have. Full strength plumbing antifreeze won’t freeze unless the temp. gets below -40 or more degrees. However, if you just pour the antifreeze into the bowl with the residual water, you dilute the effectiveness of the antifreeze and it may freeze at -10 degrees. The same goes for your sink and tub traps. Because the traps have a small amount of water in them, I generally don’t drain them but I make sure I pour about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of antifreeze down them to displace most of the residual water. It gets down to -35 here at times and I have never had it freeze. We also use our 3 season cottage (full bathroom and kitchen sink included) at least every other weekend, all winter so this stuff is pretty important to avoid a disaster. I ran my summer water, cottage fully functional, until November 14th this year (that’s pushing it) until I drained my system. Hope this helps……

  4. I remove my traps and leave them off, putting a rag in the drain end. I drain the toilet completely, and dry up the water, and when I leave the cottage for the winter, there is no water anywhere. You guys can use the antifreeze, and I wish you all the best. I won’t be doing it. Ha-Ha! One cracked toilet was enough for me. It may have been that there was some residual water in the bowl the time it froze, but I doubt it as I had it dried and used pure antifreeze.
    I am hard to convince on that one.

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