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Antifreeze in water line

I just bought a used boat and i was going to flush out the holding tank and lines. I started to empty the tank by using the foot pump in the galley and antifreeze started coming out of the faucet.
Is it common to fill the water lines with antifreeze over the winter? I talked to the PO and he said this what he did every year. It just doesnt seam like a good idea health wise to me.
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Yes, as long as it is the red antifreeze, and not the yellow stuff. Yellow (automobile) is toxic; the red stuff is specifically designed to not be toxic.

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If it was an appropriate product, there is no health concern. However, getting the taste out may be impossible. I prefer blowing all the water out of the system instead.
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Yes it is red, I did not know there was such a thing. Thank you. I am going to empty it and flush the tank out.
I have so much to learn about this.
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Re: Antifreeze in water line

Completely common where it freezes. As long as it is plumbers anti-freeze (red stuff), then no problem. Flush the tank three or four times. Should get rid of the taste. You can use a basic carbon filter (brita-type) to remove any lingering taste.

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Do you mean an inline filter? Thats a good idea.
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Do you mean an inline filter? Thats a good idea.
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We have an inline filter, but if you don't want to install one then a basic tap-mounted, or even filter-in-jug (Brita-style) will work. We winterize all plumbing with the stuff each year, so have to clean it out the following season. I find after two flushes I can't taste it, but my wife requires at least four. The carbon filter takes out most residual tastes.

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First sailboat and first boat with a sink, freezer, head, hot water heater, diesel engine, solar panels, wind generator, radar, chart plotter and so on.
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