Take precautions to avoid frozen pipes

With expected temperatures below zero, Columbus City Utilities is urging customers to take precautions to prevent their water lines from becoming frozen.

Staff say that leaving a small amount of water (no more than a pencil lead thickness) run in the faucet farthest from the water source, or next to an outside wall can prevent pipes from freezing. Use wrap insulation on pipes in unheated areas. You can also open vanity and cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer, inside temperatures. Make sure all crawl space openings are closed and if possible insulate the opening.

If your pipes do freeze, you should call the Columbus Utilities to determine if the problem is in the meter pit.

For more information, visit columbusutilities.org.