John Henry’s gives tips to keep water and hot air flowing in extreme cold

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With Lincoln preparing for extreme winter weather, a local business has some tips to keep your water pipes and your furnace running smoothly over the next couple of days.

John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air employee Mike Joy said one common problem is outdoor pipes or ones near exterior walls freezing.

“Anything below freezing, you really wanna keep a close eye on things, but these coming few days are gonna get real critical to make sure that everything is having some warmth to it,” Joy said.

John Henry’s expects to be busy these next few days responding to service calls.

It recommended the following advice to avoid needed emergency assistance:

  • Check and replace furnace filters
  • Service furnace systems frequently
  • Open cupboards below sinks or any area with restricted heating and airflow
  • Make sure pipes that lead to the exterior part of your home are unclogged
  • Cover pipes near exterior walls with insulation
  • Let water faucets trickle

Joy said taking these precautions is the best way to fight winter weather accidents in the home.

“If your pipes have frozen in the past, there is a good chance that it’ll happen again,” he said.

As a final recommendation, Joy said if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, it is best to turn off your main water source.

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