Even in Florida (especially here in Jacksonville & north Florida), temperatures can take a tumble and fall below freezing now and then. It rarely lasts long but we often forget (after months of stifling heat) and newcomers to the area may be unprepared to anticipate it!
Aside from reminding everyone of the important “P”s (People and Pets) there is another “P” that is critical and could adversely affect the previous two (People and Pets) if not cared for properly! That’s PIPES!
- How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Disconnect & drain garden hoses.
- Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- Turn off the sprinkler system.
- If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water running through the system will prevent the line from freezing.
- Keep the cabinet under the kitchen sink open so warm air can flow around the pipes.
- Cover exposed pipes (both indoors and out) with insulating foam covers.
- Call your landlord or property manager immediately if you suspect a pipe has frozen for further instructions.
As we move into our coldest months it is necessary to be vigilant and care for the BIG 3 “P”S PEOPLE. PETS. PIPES!