Guard pipes against cold


Fort Wayne City Utilities reminds residents to protect their water pipes as temperatures dip to the zero mark, and below. “Frozen pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a homeowner,” the agency said in a statement.

Here are some tips to protect home pipes.

• 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.