You’re Letting Your Faucets Drip Wrong in Winter Lifehacker

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Any time there’s a cold snap, my brother races madly around his house until just about every faucet in the place dripping. We all abide by this ancient practice because we’ve been told it will save our pipes from freezing. And there’s good reason to worry about that: A frozen water pipe can burst, and that can mean some really expensive damage. While repairing the pipe itself is often not so bad–it’ll run you anywhere from $200 to $1,000–the real culprit is the water damage that occurs when things thaw and water soaks your house.


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