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How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing – Weekly Home Care Tips

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This helpful video produced by Dan Moyle of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage and our own, Clayton Lyczynski, helps identify tips to prevent your water pipes from freezing during these frigid winter months. Polar Vortex, anyone?

Video Transcript

Dan: This is Dan Moyle with AmeriFirst Home Mortgage. We’re talking weekly home care tips brought to you by ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo. Joining me today from ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo spokesperson Clayton Lyczynski. Thanks for coming out today.

Clayton: Hi.

Dan: We’re in the middle of winter. You guys are dealing with pipes that have burst and the damage from that. First of all, when you get that phone call, does that just fire you guys up, does it get your blood pumping?

Clayton: First of all, we don’t get excited about people having water damage or loss of personal property, but we do get excited about helping people and helping getting them restored.

Dan: That’s why we’re here to do is to help people and avoid that major nightmare and catastrophe of burst pipes.

Now, we’re in a kitchen. With an outside wall like this, it gets cold. Show me a tip that you can do as a homeowner to keep your pipes from freezing.

Clayton: It’s a couple of real quick easy ones. Let’s go down here.

That’s it. We just opened it up.

Dan: Absolutely!

Clayton: What you’re actually doing here is you’re allowing the heat from the room to fill this space that typically is going to get cold. By keeping the temperature up closer to 60 down here, that’s going to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Dan: Should I leave it open all day, every day or just at night? When’s a good time to do this?

Clayton: Typically, your house is a little bit warmer during the day, closer to 70. Then enough heat’s going to get in there throughout the day. Typically, it’s going to be good if you just open it up at night before you go to bed when most people lower the temperature in the house anyway.

Dan:Perfect.

I can open up my cupboards. Show me another tip. I’ve heard that I can just have my water running all the time to keep it …

Clayton: You absolutely can keep the water running but I wouldn’t recommend keeping it on high otherwise, you’ll probably going to have a heart attack when you get the water bill.

When it’s below freezing out and especially if you’re on an outside wall like this, just keeping a little bit of water going through the night.

Dan: Just a little drip or whatever?

Clayton: Right. Something like that is all it’s going to take to keep water moving through the pipes which prevents it from freezing overnight.

Dan:Cool. All right. When those pipes do burst, if that happens, call your local ServiceMaster and have them take care of the damage. They do great work.

I’m Dan Moyle with AmeriFirst Home Mortgage. You’re watching Weekly Home Care Tips, brought to you by ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo. Appreciate the help keeping your home safe. Make sure you subscribe up above for more video tips. We’ll see you next time.

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  an outside spigot in the winter and pipes inside