1) It hardly ever freezes along the Emerald Coast and when it does get down to 32 degrees or below it usually will not last long.
2) Outdoor faucets are vulnerable to cold temperatures, remove and drain your water hose. If you think you need more protection, protect the faucet by using insulation and then place a plastic bag over the insulation.
3) Bring vulnerable outdoor potted plants inside, then return them to the outdoors as soon as possible to prevent pest such as lizard’s ants or spiders from moving from the plant to your home. Another option is to cover the plants with plastic outside in order to keep the frost off of the foliage. Make sure the plant is not in direct sunlight with plastic on it as this could cause sunburn to the foliage.
4) Drain all the gas out of your lawn mowers, weed eater, etc., or let them run until they are out of gas. The gas may gel in cold temperatures and cause mechanical problems.
5) Irrigation systems may need protection and the best thing for exposed pipes and valves that stick out of the ground is to wrap them with foil insulation tape. For above ground pumps, you can drain them or you can wrap them with some type of insulation. If you choose to insulate, make sure you are only wrapping the metal housing and not the pump motor.
I hope these quick tips are helpful and remember contact us if you have a second home, unoccupied property in the area...we will make your home happy while you are away.