The effort to keep the pipes from freezing was the result of losing power from Hurricane Sandy. Four trees on my property falling on the power lines will do that, not that they mattered, the whole area was out anyway.
I am happy to report that after almost 2 weeks, power was restored last night. We had a few nights where the temps dipped into the 20's, but rose back into the 30's during the day, so no damage was done. I obviously fared much better than those unfortunate enough to have lost their homes, so no complaints.
Thanks to all for sharing their knowledge and experience.
Oh I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused-E.Costello
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