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Marcia B. Ke…, Real Estate Pro in 66614

Is it a good idea to let faucets drip a little in listings to prevent frozen pipes in cold weather?

Asked by Marcia B. Kelly, 66614 Thu Nov 21, 2013

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Only if the home is occupied, then when someone is scheduled to come look at the house, you can turn it completely off underneath the sink. Then, when you have time, you can fix the leak between home showings.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
The idea that moving water is less likely to freeze is only useful to a point.

After all, rivers freeze and the water there is moving all the time. It's best to get a home winterized.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
sweet video! is that your baby? :)
Flag Sun Jan 26, 2014
Why thank you very much Debbie and thanks for the thumbs up.

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Flag Fri Nov 22, 2013
good point!
Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013
If the home is vacant I would recommend winterizing it to prevent breaks over letting a faucet drip. Its not expensive to do. It's most likely cheaper then the water bill you would pay...hope that helps..Debbie
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
I grew up in an old farmhouse and we let the faucets drip a little as well as opening the vanity/cabinet doors under the sink. If you don't have ANY heat on, you should absolutely have it properly winterized to protect the pipes.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
Well - in vacant homes, at least in my area, it is suggested that the home be "winterized" - a plumber will drain the lines and turn off the water, so there is no chance of a frozen pipe anywhere!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
Winterization would be the safest answer. If the heat is on low and the house is empty, you can find the main water shutoff, generally in the basement, and turn the water off yourself. You can then "bleed" the lines by opening a sink faucet on the lowest level and near the shutoff and let the residual water run out.

Good luck!

-Ken Schmidt
McGrew Real Estate
Lawrence, KS
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 4, 2014
Absolutely.....to not do so could mean BIG problems! A disclaimer on the MLS as an "agent" intended comment and a note on the kitchen counter might help promote the message.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 26, 2014
Depends on what is meant by cold.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 30, 2013
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