eli5 Is it normal for faucets to sputter after you drip them to protect against cold weather, and if not, is this a problem?


I’ve done a bit of googling on this, and the most I’ve gathered is that they sputter due to air entering the line, which can cause damage like rust and corrosion. My takeaway as of right now is that this is preferable in the short-term compared to the risk of them bursting, but wanted to get some more input in case this is the wrong approach.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Yes, this is perfectly normal. It happens to me every winter. After a long cold night of dripping the faucets sputter and make all kinds of noise in the morning.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Yes, it’s normal. The air only goes as far back as the faucet valve, if even that far. It doesn’t cause any problems.