The City of Flint is urging residents to take precautions to protect their home plumbing during the freezing temperatures.

According to a news release from the city, the following steps should be taken to avoid water damage from freezing pipes.

  • It is recommended that one faucet be run with a stream from the tap that is as wide as a pencil in order to keep water moving through the lines. Water that isn't moving is more likely to freeze. This should be done in homes where fixtures are used less, creating low water circulation.
  • Pipes that run along outside walls are exposed to colder temperatures than those in the interior. Cabinets near fixtures running along the outside wall in kitchens and bathrooms should be opened to allow warm air from the rest of the house to circulate and lessen the chances of freezing.