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The leaving the tap on is a common practice in areas that have well-below-freezing temps during the winter — works like a charm.  Also, if the pipes are in an unheated space – like a crawl space -lit lightbulbs (one of the old ones that gives off heat) will usually keep it warm enough to not freeze.  (You can use those light bulb sockets on a long extension cord.)
The trick to unfreezing frozen pipes is to do it very slowly –