With the recent cold fronts and storms, many people are experiencing how much damage freezing temperatures can do. Fortunately, here in Florida, we don't have to deal with the blistering cold, snow, and sleet that our neighbors to the north have to endure. Yet, as we have seen recently, it sometimes does get below freezing in the Sunshine State.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare for freezing weather.
Take care of the plants
Smaller potted plants should be brought indoors. For those that are too big to move or landscaping, cover them with sheets.
Take care of the pets
Even if your pets normally spend their time outside, bring them indoors during a freeze. While a dog house may protect from some of the elements, it won’t help during a freeze if it's not heated. If that is the case, bring your pets indoors for the night.
Take care of the pipes
It's a good idea to disconnect and drain your garden hoses to keep the water inside them from freezing, as the expansion could rupture them. When the temperature really drops, you should also consider turning off the water to outdoor spigots, and letting indoor faucets drip to keep them from freezing. And know where your shut off valves are located just in case a pipe does burst.
Keep the garage door closed
Although you may have to open it to get in and out, be sure that your garage door is closed when you are not using it. Keeping the warmth in the garage will keep your water heater and furnace from having to work so hard.
Charge the thermostat
Be sure to have spare batteries for your thermostat. Sometimes, a little thing is one of the most important things.
I hope this helps keep you warm.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist