Preventing frozen pipes
December 12, 2008 8:34 PM Subscribe
Preventing my house's pipes from freezing while a few timezones away?
posted by lisa g to home & garden (14 answers total)
Suppose I live in a city where it rarely freezes (say, Portland, Oregon), yet it's predicted that we'll soon have three+ days of subfreezing temps (as in, not even rising above 32). Yet I'm out of town now, and will be for all the drama.
I'm worried about the pipes in our 100-year-old house. We have lots of stuff in the basement. I have a friend with a key. Should I ask her to:
1.) leave a slow drip from all the faucets & the shower? The two outdoor faucets too?
2.) shut off our water valve completely, and run out as much water as possible from all our faucets?
Or something else?
We left the thermostat at 50, for what that's worth.
Thanks in advance!