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H In an unheated house, how cold and for how long does it have

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H\In an unheated house, how cold and for how long does it have to be outside for frozen pipes to be a possibility?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Mike the plumber replied 3 years ago.

Mike the plumber :

Hello I'm Mike. I'll be glad to help you with this issue.

Mike the plumber :

Do you have any exposed pipe outside? Are all you're pipes inside?

Customer :

All pipes are inside

Mike the plumber :

Basement, attic, or crawlspace?

Customer :

basement and attic

Mike the plumber :

is the attic insulated. Are the pipes in the attic insulated?

Customer :

no pipes in attic - attic is insulated

Mike the plumber :

do you have running water?

Customer :

there i running water - not faucets on right now

Mike the plumber :

if you can trickle hot and cold water on each faucet in the house then you will be fine. Running water is almost impossible to freeze

Mike the plumber :

make sure to run the HOT and COLD because HOT freezes faster then cold water

Customer :

I am too far from house to go do that right now. I should add that the temperature today was approx 40 deg farenheit. It will go down slowly to a low of 19 deg for about an hour or so and start climbing back to the low twenties before reaching a high of 30 deg tomorrow

Mike the plumber :

Once the temperature drops below 36 its susceptible to freezing within a few hours. If all the water lines are inside in an insulated house it will delay pipe freezing for a good while. However if you do have any exposed piping it will be the first to freeze and possibly burst upon thawing.

Customer :

Thank you!

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