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Can Pipes in Florida Freeze?

Posted by Gary Gray on Jan 25, 2019

Posted in: Plumbing

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While freezing temperatures don't hit Florida often, they can happen, especially in North Florida. And when those freezing temperatures hit, they usually come as quite a surprise. It only takes a few hours of at or below freezing to ice over your pipes, so Floridians need to be on the lookout. Here are the steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Bad?

Let's first explain - why should you even care if your pipes freeze? They'll just thaw out eventually, right?

Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple. As the cold air and water hit your pipes, they begin to contract. If parts of your pipes have weakened over the years, these contractions can cause them to leak. Eventually, these leaks can cause the pipes to burst entirely, causing major flooding throughout your foundation and your home.

Of course, leaks are a major problem in their own right. But what if it's just a small leak that you don't notice? Water will just continue to flow uninhibited without your knowledge. As soon as the temperature begins to rise again, mold could start to grow in all the hard-to-reach places underneath and inside your home. Mold causes numerous health problems and can make your home unsafe.

Over time, the structural integrity of your home could even be threatened. Unless you have very good insurance, you'll be stuck footing the bills for repairing the broken pipes, removing water-logged walls and floors, and installing new pipes and structures. In other words, it's a costly and unnecessary expense.

Wondering if you have a leak or just a sweaty pipe? Learn more here.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Luckily, there are plenty of precautions you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing during a Florida squall. These steps include:

Your pipes also need to be prepped for summer. Read more about that here.

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Get You Down

If you follow these instructions, you should be fine this January and the rest of winter. However, if you do experience a frozen pipe incident, don't be afraid to call David Gray Plumbing at 904-204-4360 for help. We can patch or replace your broken pipes so your system is better than ever.

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