Avoiding Frozen Pipes
I bought a house in South Carolina, but my plans to move there this summer went awry when the sale of my current house fell through. The last time I was there, I set the heat to 48 degrees, to keep the pipes from freezing (house is built over crawlspace). I also put insulated covers on the hose bibs. Good enough, right? To save energy, I turned off the 50 gallon water heater, which is located in the unheated, attached garage. Am I better off to drain it, or will the residual water be more likely to freeze and do damage than if I left it full? As always, thanks for your advice (especially Brickeye).