Florida Winter Weather Preparation Guide
Even in Florida, winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. We’ve created a Florida-centric guide to prepare your house for winter.
If you don’t have one already, build an emergency kit. Make sure you have supplies for at least a week.
Buy a back-up power source.
In the case of extended power outages, a back-up generator can keep your family warm and prevent you from suffering from harsh weather conditions. Portable generators today are more affordable and reliable than ever (please be sure to follow all safety instructions), so you can feel great about this investment.
Check your heating system.
While Florida may not suffer from frequent snowstorms, we still are susceptible to severe cold. Whatever your heating system (boiler, furnace, chimney), be sure to service it at least once a year for reliability and safety.
Add extra insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements. This will protect your the physical attributes of your homes (pipes), as well as dull extreme weather conditions for your family. A further recommendation would be to add insulation to any other unfinished areas of your home, such as your garage.
Check your pipes.
Most of us are untrained in the world of plumbing, but a simple visual inspection to check for cracks and leaks can prevent headache down the line. Should you find an issue, have a professional repair them immediately.
Know where your water shut off valve is.
Learning how to shut off your water main can shave valuable minutes during a disaster and prevent major damage.
Hire a contractor to look for damage.
Having a licensed professional perform a physical inspection of your home can find issues the average homeowner wouldn’t find.
Trim your trees, especially those close to your house.
Pruning and removing dead trees and branches will prevent extreme weather (wind, flood, etc.) from inadvertently damaging your home.
Clean out the gutters.
Whether you hire a professional or DIY, cleaning out your gutters will help water flow freely
Caulk and seal.
Walking around your house, and caulking/sealing small holes and cracks, will prevent cold air and moisture from entering your home. Bonus: Do the same for the inside of your house, around windows and doors especially), to prevent your indoor air from escaping -- This can even save you money on your air conditioning bill.