Even in Florida, homes should be prepared for seasonal changes

By Marian Johns | | Sep 24, 2018

It is wise to drip your pipes if the temperature drops below freezing.   File image

While Floridans might be lathering on the sunscreen and strolling along the beach instead of gazing at that early fall foliage like our northern neighbors, homeowners in the Sunshine State should still think about preparing their homes for the upcoming season change. 

So are there certain things homeowners can do to get ready for the "Florida fall"?

Kin Insurance director of insurance product management Kevin Turner says one of the most important things homeowners can do is keep their gutters clear so water is kept away from their home.

"Clearing gutters is still important in the fall because it's the tail end of hurricane season and damage from heavy rains is still a risk," Turner said. "Homeowners want to make sure water is flowing through the downspout properly and flowing away from the house to prevent damage to the foundation. If roof shingles are missing, it's smart to repair those, too."

While residents in the Sunshine State rarely see snow, parts of the state, especially North Florida, do see freezing temperatures. That makes it wise to drip your pipes if the temperature drops below freezing, Turner said. 

Freezing temperatures can cause serious issues to the pipes in your home, according to a rotorooter.com blog. Since ice has more volume than water, when it freezes inside the pipe, it expands and increases pressure, causing the pipe to burst. Roto Rooter suggests turning on your faucets to allow a slow but steady stream of water to prevent the building of pressure in the pipe. According to the blog, insulating exposed pipes with foam sleeves and keeping the temperature inside your house to above 55 degrees can also prevent pipes from bursting. 

Although Florida's winters are generally mild, as you pack up that summer sunscreen supply and pull out the Halloween decorations, be sure and take a few steps to get your home ready for the change in season.  

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