It may come as a surprise to many that, even in Florida, particularly in the northern parts of the state, steps should be taken to protect your home from the effects of harsh weather. If you own a vacation home which will be vacant for extended periods of time, it is even more important to do so.
Yes, we in Northeast Florida do endure the occasional hard freeze. In 1989, nearly the entire state of Florida experienced a white Christmas, along with widespread power outages and the many exasperated tourists who couldn't believe they were stranded in less than one full inch of snow.
If there's one thing we Floridians are prepared for, it's snow removal! LOL!
While the temps here may not drop below zero, or even into single digits on a regular basis, it can happen. If you live inland, in the western part of Duval County, or in the Hilliard, Callahan, Macclenny, or Middleburg areas, Winter temps tend to be cooler, however; when the temps drop below freezing, it won't matter that your bungalow is in Jacksonville Beach. It will only matter that it has been properly prepared.
- To protect your pipes, inexpensive pipe sleeves can be purchased at any hardware store and will help to insulate your pipes from the freezing cold. In northern climates, it's sometimes necessary to drain all water from the pipes, but here, insulating them, and leaving the faucets dripping during the coldest weather, will typically keep your pipes safe from bursting. While you're applying the insulation, don't forget to insulate hose bibs as well.
- Weatherstripping around doors and windows should be checked for cracks and breakage which could allow warm air to escape, and cold air to make an entry.
- Trim any trees that could come into contact with power lines, creating a power failure and leaving occupants shivering in the cold.
- Clean the gutters to prevent freezing water from damaging them.
- Have your chimney cleaned to ensure proper ventilation.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and fire detectors. Household fires are more likely to occur due to the use space heaters and furnaces. While you're at it, check the date on your fire extinguisher as well.
- Keep the critters at bay! Floridians of all sort seek to escape the cold weather, and any gaps in crawlspaces or under eaves can provide a gateway for Mice, Raccoon, Squirrel, and Opossum to enter your home. And don't allow yourself to think this problem is isolated to rural areas, even downtown Jacksonville, and busy suburbs such as Nocatee and Johns Creek, see their share of wildlife visitors.
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