Bathroom Faucets...Leave running below 32 Fahrenheit?
We have been living in our home for about 10 months and winter is upon us. We live in the Pac NW and it has been getting colder, below freezing at night. I have left the bathroom faucet on as a precaution to prevent freeze, I let it run with a narrow stream as to not waste water but also to prevent freezing. We have a home with AFAIK an unheated crawlspace. What is bugging me is that before we bought the house there was no one here for over a year and this home was remodeled. If the seller did not run the faucets during winter and we had a bad one last year, lots of snow; could the pipes have burst? I have peeked in the crawlspace when we had it inspected but I never bothered to go in there, I hate dark places with spiders; and I saw what appeared to be insulation on the ducts and the flooring but I couldn't see if the pipes were wrapped or not. We have those freeze proof spigots on the outside which are disconnected from any hoses and turned off. Should I run the faucets when it is around 32 or wait until the temp drops further? I did this when I lived in TN a few years ago because we had really bad winters but I have not done it here and I am wondering if there is a potential for a leak. I've heard people say they don't bother with it but I also hear people say it's a good idea but do it when it is a little cooler than 32F. What's the recommendation here? Thanks.