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Is there a better way to protect faucets in a hard freeze than letting them drip all night? Answered

I'm in north Fl. and our hard freeze is about 5 to 6 hours under freezing. The problem with the dripping faucets is that it uses up the softened water.


If they are outside faucets then all you have to do is disconnect the hose or any other such attachments. The faucets has a sort of pressure release system so that the pipe doesn't burst but this is negated if a hose is attached. If you don't want your pipes to freeze at all, you can buy Heat Tape and wrap them in it.


9 years ago

I lived in Kentucky for a number of years, where the hard freeze is probably a little harder than in northern Florida. On my outside faucet (after disconnecting & draining the hose) I used an outdoor faucet cover, and since my house had been built in 1940 and was not well insulated, this was more than adequate to prevent my faucet from freezing. I would think that a 5 quart plastic ice cream bucket box lined with fiberglas insulation would serve just as well, and might be cheaper. The important thing is to have a good seal between the cover and the side of the house, and to have dead airspace around the faucet itself. (Think: making a winter coat for the faucet.)


9 years ago

You can install a frost-free sillcock. They come in various lengths usually 6 to 14 inches. The idea behind them is that the water is shut off in the warmer area of the home. When the valve is closed, the remaining water exits the sillcock leaving just an empty 6 to 14 inch length of pipe. Be careful to disconnect any hoses from the sillcock if you think it may freeze.

i'll assume your faucets are outside, and the water supply to the problem area goes inside your house. i'll also assume that your house is above freezing. you'll want to install another faucet/valve in the supply pipe INSIDE your house (if you alrady have this- locate it.) when it gets cold, turn off the outside supply with the indoor valve/faucet. then set the outside faucet to drip- but because the water supply is turned off, then very little water is wasted.

addition - add a faucet open to the air on the same pipe inside the home now you can ensure that the pipe is reallyempty and does not remain full of water in other cases (like faucet standing from the ground) maybe pump air into it with a compressor

good idea- just renember to turn off the air inlet before you turn the water on...

I'd say, you should consider insulating pipes if they aren't insulated already. Another thing you could use is heat cable or heat tape. You wrap it around the pipe, plug it in, and it delivers heat to the pipe - enough to prevent them from freezing.