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Old 12-28-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm Linda and need some help with a simple question. I rent a duplex and the weather is getting below freezing temps outside now at times. I heard recently from a Home Depot worker that my pipes won't freeze because this duplex is built on a slab foundation - is that true? Can someone please help me with this?

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Not true, but we don't know where you live, so he may be right.

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Sorry for the duplicate message.

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Hi, thanks for the response so quickly - and sorry that I forgot to tell you where I live! New to this, as you can see.
I live in Tulsa, OK and the reason I ask this is because I have to go out of town over the weekend and wondered if I would HAVE to leave my faucets dripping while I'm gone - all weekend - or what else could I do to protect the pipes? I hear the temps will fall in the low 20's to high teens a couple of nights but climbing to 39 and 45 on those same days.

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Sorry, am new to this as you can see! :-) I filled out my introduction info and I live in Tulsa, OK. The reason I'm asking this is because I have to go out of town over the weekend and wondered if I would HAVE to leave water dripping in my sinks for that long - or what else could I do?! Yikes! The temps will dip in the low 20's or high teens one or two nights, I hear.
You should never have to leave water dripping in order to keep interior pipes from freezing. Unless somebody absolutely screwed something up, you'll have insulation that is more than adequate to keep your pipes thawed.

Also, your being gone over the weekend should be no different than when you're home - unless you turn your heat off when you leave.
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Thanks.........I do turn my heat down to around 62 or so - should that be a problem?
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Thanks.........I do turn my heat down to around 62 or so - should that be a problem?
No, it really shouldn't be.

How old is this duplex, and did you just move in?

Also, one thing you might want to do when you leave, is keep your under-sink cupboard doors open. That'll keep the temperature around the pipes a bit warmer.

Even so... Any correctly-built house or duplex will be well enough insulated to keep any pipes from freezing.
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The duplex was built in 1984, I was told.

Yes, I do leave my cabinet doors under the sink open when I leave or over-night even. I was even thinking of leaving a light underneath the sink if it would help.

I thank you so much for answering my questions - I just didn't want to risk a frozen or bursting pipe as a renter. Now I just have to convince my neighbor who is my landlord and friend of this!!
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The duplex was built in 1984, I was told.

Yes, I do leave my cabinet doors under the sink open when I leave or over-night even. I was even thinking of leaving a light underneath the sink if it would help.

I thank you so much for answering my questions - I just didn't want to risk a frozen or bursting pipe as a renter. Now I just have to convince my neighbor who is my landlord and friend of this!!
Well... If this place was built in 1984, it has been through many winters. If there was a problem it would have manifested itself long before now.

If I were you, I would not put a light under the sink. It should be absolutely unnecessary, but it is also a fire hazard.

Also, as the renter, this is technically not your problem (I have rental property). Ask your landlord/friend if there have been any problems.
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Well, that's what I thought - so I won't use the light under the sink! I was going to be very careful and remove anything flammable - but now, don't need to.
I will ask her if she's had any problems.....I have only lived here since May. I do feel it's my responsibility to look after her property though - but yes, in finality, it is technically her problem - but she might raise my rent if something happens! :-) She doesn't know a lot about taking care of her place or think about the things I do - I have owned property before and do have experience - she is only 33.

Thanks again - you have been so helpful!
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Well, that's what I thought - so I won't use the light under the sink! I was going to be very careful and remove anything flammable - but now, don't need to.
I will ask her if she's had any problems.....I have only lived here since May. I do feel it's my responsibility to look after her property though - but yes, in finality, it is technically her problem - but she might raise my rent if something happens! :-) She doesn't know a lot about taking care of her place or think about the things I do - I have owned property before and do have experience - she is only 33.

Thanks again - you have been so helpful!


Another good thing to do is turn the breaker off for the water heater or if gas, turn the knob on top to "pilot". Washing machine hoses are probably the most common thing to burst when people are out of town b/c the water heating in the tank builds up pressure and sometimes it's great enough to rupture a rubber washing machine hose. That'll put out alot of water really fast until water is shut off and by that time, you'll need a canoe or raft.

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