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It is 25 degrees right now in sacramento, california!

I was wondering about the pipes outside the house. I heard if you keep the water on, the pipes would'nt burst. If so, do you use hot or cold water and how strong should the water pressure be? just a little bit or a constant drip or what?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:50 AM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Use cold water, don't waste the energy to heat water that's going down the drain anyway! Just a steady drip is enough. The idea is to keep the water moving so it doesn't have time to freeze and block the pipe, then burst it from the pressure. You should invest in insulating the pipes next year. In Sacramento it's not going to get down below zero more than about once a century, so a simple D-I-Y insulation kit would be all you need.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Just a drip will do, and it doesn't matter hot or cold.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 2:53 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Just a drip. It's 22 in VT :~)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:04 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Just a drip, only the cold. Hot water pipes will be hot, they don't usually freeze. Wrap outside faucets with a sweatshirt and duct tape to keep them warm. (Or a towel) Disconnect hoses and drain them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 AM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • That's not true. hot water freezes faster than cold. let your hot water lines drip. sounds crazy but it's true. Where you are, the dirt is still warm enough to keep your lines from freezing, so don't worry it will warm up again quickly. Also, remove any garden hoses you have hooked up at the spicket. that's where most freezing starts.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:10 AM on Dec. 8, 2009