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So today I've figured out that where I get my water from is from the softener. Issue is that I can use the outside to get un filtered faucets but when winter rolls around I can't since it will freeZe. So what do I do? I don't wanna go down the RO route


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Tank size.
Water change amount.
Water change frequency.

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No I use buckets. 10g and 20% per week


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I have two 10g tanks that get a 50% WC per week. I keep 5 Sunny Delight containers on top of my refrigerator that I fill 24 hrs before I change the water with them. Drain tank to line on bucket and fill from bottles. That is likely the warmest place in the house.
The tank heater is set on 75F but only comes on in winter. Stays about 76-78F most of summer in the tank. So temp of water on top of frig is good match for it or slightly
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I have two 10g tanks that get a 50% WC per week. I keep 5 Sunny Delight containers on top of my refrigerator that I fill 24 hrs before I change the water with them. Drain tank to line on bucket and fill from bottles. That is likely the warmest place in the house.
The tank heater is set on 75F but only comes on in winter. Stays about 76-78F most of summer in the tank. So temp of water on top of frig is good match for it or slightly
warmer.

I don't think you get what I'm saying. I physically can't because it gets so cold here if I left the lines on it would crack them


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Guess I didn't catch that because it just doesn't get that cold where I live.
I guess it's up to someone who had that issue to let you know what they did.

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Guess I didn't catch that because it just doesn't get that cold where I live.
I guess it's up to someone who had that issue to let you know what they did.

Your lucky it gets so cold here
. One thing I'm thinking about is a 55 gallon garbage can and filling it and it would last me almost 7 months more than enought and keeping it in the garage

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Sounds like a reasonable plan. And in addition to the water also stock up a immersible heater to warm up the water in the bucket you are going to use as tank fill.

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. One thing I'm thinking about is a 55 gallon garbage can and filling it and it would last me almost 7 months more than enought and keeping it in the garage

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Use two separate cans, just in case you run into a problem with one of them, you have a back-up.

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I also live in a winter climate. To avoid using the softened water, I had a T put into the water line that goes to the outdoor spigots. I have a small faucet attached to the T and I fill up my water from there. It was not difficult because my basement is unfinished. If you have access to the water pipes, it is not a real expensive project.

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I have heard of those who sometimes can use washing machine spigot if it does not also pass through water softener.
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My water softener has a bypass valve at the water inlet. All you have to do is push the valve to the bypass position, run your cold water until you have flushed the line,( a minute is usually plenty), and fill your tank. When you are done push the valve back to the service position. You cannot use the hot side because the water heater is full of softened water.
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