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Old 01-01-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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I see little reason to shut off the water & drain the lines for one week UNLESS you know that your heating source is unreliable. If you live in an area where the water is hard, every time you shut the water off and turn it back on, you are likely introducing mineral sediment into your major appliances (water heater, dishwasher, etc...). Also consider if you have "old pipes" and the stress placed upon them if they are showing any degradation. You have to ask yourself if you are doing more harm than good if leaving for just a week.

And, I do understand shutting the water off and draining the pipes, regardless of the time of year, if you will be gone for extended periods of time. Just a precaution as a water leak unnoticed can do thousands of dollars of damage.

Some folks think more proactively and some reactively in my opinion.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Water at 32 degress will freeze.
You of all people should know that that is not a 100% true statement.
What about moving water?
Salt water?
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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You of all people should know that that is not a 100% true statement.
What about moving water?
Salt water?
I hope nobody has moving water in their house pipes while they're away for a week.

And I doubt anyone has salt water for tap water.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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We always turn our water off when we go out of town. However, my question is, in the winter, when it's in the 20's and 30's, is it safe to turn the water off? I'm wondering if there's more of a chance that a pipe could burst that way if there is no water in the pipes. Of course, we'd leave our heat cycling on and off as usual.
If you turn the water off and drain the water out of the pipes (use a basement tap) you'll be fine. Pipes can't burst if there's no water in them.
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Yes, I meant to say we always shut off the water and drain the pipes when we go out of town. However, I'm wondering if it's okay to do this while going out of town in the winter with freezing temps. We're talking being gone one week, with heat on as normal. Is this safe to do re: pipes bursting because of cold temps?
If your "heat is on as normal" you will not have any problems. It's no different than if you were actually there.


Really though, why bother turning off the water if you're only going to be gone a week? Are you afraid something will break while you're gone?
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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You of all people should know that that is not a 100% true statement.
What about moving water?
Salt water?
I stand corrected. If you leave the water run, or drink salt water, it will be fine. And I mean VERY salty water.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I stand corrected. If you leave the water run, or drink salt water, it will be fine. And I mean VERY salty water.
I knew you would understand my wicked sense of humor... !
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: LI/VA/IL
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I'm not familiar with frost free valves first hand, but I quickly looked it up on the internet.

Apparently, the water is kept below ground level (where water can't freeze) and no water is left in the pipes when a faucet isn't being used.
Thanks for the research. I know when we moved in just before Christmas last year our builder would have winterized if it was necessary as here in SW IL we can get very cold.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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i knew you would understand my wicked sense of humor... !
lol lol lol
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