How to protect pipes from freezing

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As bitter cold temperatures have settled into the area, Fort Wayne City Utilities is reminding homeowners to protect their pipes. Frozen pipes can cause significant damage to a homeowner if they aren’t protected in the winter.

City Utilities recommends the following:

  • Leave a small stream of water running (size of pencil lead) to keep water moving through the pipes when temperatures dip.
  • If a sink is located against an outside wall, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to get to the pipes.
  • Wrap insulation around pipes that run through crawl spaces or on an outside wall.
  • Protect water meter by wrapping it to add warmth.
  • If water meter is located in the garage keep the garage door open.