No heat - need to drain pipes, but I'd like to keep water in hot water tank. Can I drain pipes but leave water in tank - I think I'll only be out 36 hours at the most?
I would think a water heater tank could hold heat for a long time. I know mine does when I perform regular work on it. It could be turned off a day earlier and still holds heat.
But keep an eye on your heater if you decide not to drain it.
Hope you power up soon as well.
Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
If you let the water trickle out of all the faucets in your house the pipes likely won't freeze unless you hit sub freezing temperatures inside, which given the cold snap that is hitting a lot of the country could happen.
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