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

Asked by Marcia Kelly, Topeka, KS Thu Nov 21, 2013

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Troy Harvey, Home Buyer, Ward, AR
Thu Nov 21, 2013
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.
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Brian Kurtz, Agent, Dearborn, MI
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.
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Flag Sun Jan 26, 2014
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Flag Fri Nov 22, 2013
good point!
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Debbie Gillum, Agent, Topeka, KS
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
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Sarah Klamm, Agent, Wellsville, KS
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.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
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!
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Ken Schmidt, Agent, Lawrence, KS
Tue Feb 4, 2014
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
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Jan 26, 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.

Bill
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Robert Baker, Agent, Edmond, OK
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Depends on what is meant by cold.
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