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Old 01-14-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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I have never let faucets drip. I never heard of it before. But after reading this thread I certainly don't want my pipes to burst. My question is Do I let all the faucets in the house drip a little? And is this just overnight? And does it matter if the house is brand new?
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I have never let faucets drip. I never heard of it before. But after reading this thread I certainly don't want my pipes to burst. My question is Do I let all the faucets in the house drip a little? And is this just overnight? And does it matter if the house is brand new?
I've not heard of it either - I guess it wasn't an issue in any of the apartments I lived in back in Virginia.

We've had lows in the low 20's already this winter - do you all run the water every time it gets that cold? Or is it just the teens?
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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I've not heard of it either - I guess it wasn't an issue in any of the apartments I lived in back in Virginia.

We've had lows in the low 20's already this winter - do you all run the water every time it gets that cold? Or is it just the teens?
I'm curious too, I have a slab 2 story home with two outside water facets and 3 bathrooms. Do I need to let the water drip out of every facet and outside? I really don't want to deal with burst pipes.

I keep my inside 66F down stairs and 65F upstairs.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Efland
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My parents let the faucets drip b/c they have had their pipes freeze when I was younger. I would definitely do it.
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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Better safe than sorry. When I lived in Texas, the notices would often say to leave the sink cabinet doors open to allow the heat to better reach the pipes and to also not turn your thermostat too low when you weren't home.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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Better safe than sorry. When I lived in Texas, the notices would often say to leave the sink cabinet doors open to allow the heat to better reach the pipes and to also not turn your thermostat too low when you weren't home.
Those are also great tips...we would always leave cabinet doors open in our vacant apartments. And the thermostat setting is a huge thing too. A lot of people just turn it off if they're not going to be home, especially if it's for an extended period of time, to save energy. But it's a huge risk. You always want to have your heat running, even if it's at a low temperature. And in the summer, vice versa. Proper ventilation is really important in an apartment.
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Old 01-14-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: FL
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I'm going to leave my outside faucet dripping tonight as well as the kitchen faucet. Better to be safe than sorry. I've also opened the sink cabinet doors in the bathroom downstairs, in the kitchen and the bathrooms upstairs.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: ITB Raleigh NC
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Oh geesh...

Do not leave your outside faucets dripping. That might cause your pipes to freeze. The drip would freeze and cause the pipes to freeze back into the house. Make sure to disconnect hoses from all outside taps.

I have lived in NC for 24 years, the only time I have had pipes freeze was when I forgot to disconnect a house during an overnight freeze. I have lived in apartments, slab houses and crawlspaces.

Slabs should be fine, as no pipe is exposed to outside air. Crawlspaces are more likely to see a frozen pipe. Air flows around them and can cause the icing.

Opening the taps prevents bursting, but not freezing. The pipe can freeze with the water running but the pressure does not build so bursting should not occur. If you are worried about it, leave a trickle of hot water going on one faucet and leave cold running on another. This should take care of everything, it will not cost you much.

If you live in a house with a crawlspace you can also do the old lightbulb trick, hang a few 60 watt lights near the pipes, this will provide enough heat to keep the pipes from bursting, it is a pain in the butt to rig up though.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: North Carolina; former New York Stater
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Just do it. You're not in Kansas anymore. It's a different world here. Things work differently. It's no big deal and is quite common here in older apartments. The landlord is trying to save YOU from damage to your apartment and belongings as well.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Midtown Raleigh
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I don't see how they could legally enforce it, but you'd be nuts not to do it. What's a dollar extra on your water bill as opposed to burst pipes? I drip pipes in my own house when it's this cold. No one tells me I have to, I just don't want to flood my new floors!
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