VERIFY: Should you shut off water to protect pipes?

With temperatures dropping, protecting your pipes is probably top of mind.

With temperatures dropping, protecting your pipes is probably top of mind.

No one wants to deal with something like pipes bursting, but should you shut them off completely to avoid this? 

Our verify team decided to take a closer look. We got answers from the Red Cross and a plumber who says you actually want to keep your pipes open and leave the valves open.

So, what should you do instead?

  • The Red Cross says leave your kitchen cabinets open which allows warm air to circulate around pipes under a sink.
  • Also, let your faucet drip to keep your pipes from rupturing.
  • If you were to shut it off you'd have to drain it completely and you would have to use a professional tool to get all the water out. 

In conclusion, we can verify that this is mostly false. Don't turn off your water, unless you're prepared to fully drain your pipes.

Experts say there's a lot better and even cheaper ways to keep your pipes from bursting.

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