Winterizing your home: How to prepare for a freeze

Here are some tips on keeping your home safe during the winter.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With temperatures in Lincoln creeping lower and lower, there are a few things you need to do to protect your home from the freeze, before it’s too late.

When the weather is below freezing, the last thing a homeowner wants to wake up to is frozen pipes or a flooded basement.

“You know, the biggest thing is just as we approach this time of year, go ahead and be proactive,” said Brian Gill, a John Henry plumbing service manager.

The fixes are simple. Homeowners should:

  • Disconnect hoses
  • Blow out sprinkler systems
  • Check for cracks around basement windows
  • Insulate exposed pipes
  • Get your furnace tuned up annually

“On some of those really, really cold nights, if you’ve had issues with your pipes freezing before, the one thing you can do is go ahead and just turn a faucet on in the bathroom, just let it drip all night. That water flow prevents freezing,” said Gill.

If you wake up to a flooded basement or broken pipes, help is just a call away.

Henry said, “The biggest thing you want to do is locate the shutoff for the house and turn that water off and then call an expert, get an expert out there. And they’ll come out there and fix that problem.”

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