Even in Florida, winters, though brief, are part of the yearly routine. Like most natural events, winters can be dangerous, so it is important to be prepared. While you likely have the right clothing, what can be overlooked is how to prepare your house for those same conditions. If you have major concerns, we always recommend having a Tampa home inspection prior to any bad weather, but preparing your home can save a lot of hassle and worry as well.
You need to make sure your house and its roof can survive snowfall or cold temperatures, for those states that don’t see snow. Consider having a contractor or Tampa home inspector come out and check your roof to see if it can withstand the weight of heavy snow. Repair any portions of the roof that may leak, and trim back tree branches that hang over the home as they can also we weighed down by the snow. Installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside can provide an extra layer of insulation. Also, caulking window sills and using weather strips on doors can add to the insulation for your home. For those very heavy winters, consider a Tampa home inspection to make sure no structural damage was left behind.
It’s the things you can’t see that end up being the costliest if forgotten during a winter. Water pipes inside or below the home can freeze when exposed to the colder temperatures of winter. Adding insulation to areas that may house pipes like attics and crawl spaces can help keep those areas at higher temperatures. Insulating pipes with pipe sleeves can protection exposed pipes as well. Any pipe that has water running through it benefits from letting cold water drip from the faucet. This movement helps prevent the freezing that damages pipes.
Once you have prepped the house for what cold weather it might see, it is time to keep yourself warm. If you have a fireplace, make sure to stock up on firewood beforehand so you never run out. When you aren’t using the fireplace, make sure to keep the flue closed to not let warm air out. Always make sure you have alternate methods of heating and a generator to back up power if the worst were to happen. Long, harsh winters don’t have mean you can’t keep you and your house safe.