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Drip or shut off to prevent freezing pipes

itzasean Member Posts: 65
I don’t want to shut the main off due to a tenant needing water. If I shut off the pipes going to my unit that don’t have one of those drains on them and I open the faucets for expansion of the water left in the pipes is this better or worse than dripping the faucets? Also the farther point is a washing machine that I don’t know hot to drip if that’s the case ? Thanks


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 17,121
    If you can't drain the pipes dry, leave them running a bit. A drip may not be enough.

    Is there no way you can disconnect the washing machine hoses and let them run into a drain somewhere?
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England