Yes, really! Sure, winters in Florida tend to be mild, and freezing temperatures are certainly not the norm. Just look at the record books, though, and you’ll see that, infrequent as they may be, freezing temperatures can, have, and will strike our area again. Because it is a fairly rare occurrence, the freezing temperatures can catch many homeowners off-guard. Worse, it can catch their plumbing systems off-guard.
If you have exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas of your home or your property, you should remember that freezing pipes can result in serious damage to your plumbing system and to your home at large. Keep the following tips in mind when you see the forecast dipping into very low predictions. Burst pipes are not a problem that any homeowner wants to deal with.
- Keep water trickling. We know that nobody wants to waste water. However, keeping a bit of water trickling through the pipes helps to prevent them from bursting, and that means the water is really isn’t going to waste. Plus, we have such infrequent cause for concern surrounding this problem that the water used is negligible in the grand scheme of things. In this instance, letting water drip down the drain is a good idea.
- Insulate Your Pipes. Insulating your pipes is a wise idea to prevent unwanted heat transfer from your hot water lines. It is also a very effective way in which to prevent your pipes from freezing. Insulating sleeves are very affordable, can easily be cut to size, and simply slip over the pipe to provide protection.
- Detach Hoses. If you have hoses attached to outdoor bibs, be sure to detach them and to fully drain those bibs before freezing weather strikes. This is not something at the forefront of our thoughts in this part of the country, but you really don’t want to let it slip your mind. If you have shut-off valves to outdoor bibs, go ahead and shut the water supply off entirely.
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