The cold snap that we have had in Florida has brought some frigid temperatures, mainly to north Florida. Freezing temperatures for even a couple of hours can cause serious problems for homeowners. Here’s what you should do to prevent that from happening.
As a general rule, temperatures outside must drop to at least 20 degrees or lower to cause pipes to freeze. In southern states such as Florida, the pipes in many Florida homes can freeze when the temperature drops to below 30 degrees. Places from Ocala northward have been experiencing these types of temperatures. Also, where in northern counties, where the temperatures can fall below freezing during cold snaps, modern homes tend not to be well insulated as in the northeast to provide for extra protection.
Freezing pipes come with a hefty price tag, according to Robert Yoder of Romark AC & Plumbing. Yoder says the best way to combat this is when the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – can help prevent pipes from freezing. Also, keep the thermostat inside the house set to the same temperature both during the Continue reading