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Preparing Your North Florida Home for Common Winter Weather Threats

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

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When most people think of Florida, they envision sunny beaches and warm temperatures year-round. However, North Florida residents know that winter weather can bring unexpected challenges. While it may not include heavy snowfall, the region can still experience freezing temperatures and other cold-weather hazards. In this blog post, SERVPRO explores common winter weather threats to your North Florida home and the steps you can take to prepare.

1. Freeze Damage:

Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, resulting in costly water damage. To prevent freeze damage:

  • Insulate exposed pipes.
  • Allow faucets to drip during cold nights.
  • Keep your home adequately heated.

2. Fire Hazards:

As temperatures drop, many people rely on space heaters and fireplaces for warmth. Ensure safety by:

  • Maintaining a safe distance between heaters and flammable materials.
  • Using fireplace screens.
  • Testing smoke detectors and replacing batteries.

3. Power Outages:

Winter storms can cause power outages. Be prepared with:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Non-perishable food and water.
  • Blankets and warm clothing.

4. Roof Damage:

Heavy rain, ice, and debris can damage your roof. Inspect it for loose or damaged shingles and make necessary repairs before winter.

5. Fallen Branches:

Strong winds and ice can cause tree branches to fall, potentially damaging your home. Trim overhanging branches and remove dead trees.

6. Gutters and Downspouts:

Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams and water damage. Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.

7. Protect Your Plants:

Bring potted plants indoors and cover delicate outdoor plants during freezing nights.

8. Vehicle Maintenance:

If you own a vehicle, ensure it's prepared for winter by checking tires, antifreeze levels, and the battery.

9. Emergency Kit:

Create an emergency kit with essential items like flashlights, blankets, non-perishable food, and a battery-operated radio.

10. Professional Inspection:

Consider a professional home inspection to identify potential vulnerabilities and areas that may need winterization.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Winter Weather Damage:

  • We offer 24/7 emergency services to respond to weather-related disasters.
  • Our trained technicians can mitigate damage and provide necessary repairs.
  • We work closely with insurance companies to streamline the claims process.


While North Florida may not experience extreme winter weather, it's essential to be prepared for the unexpected. By taking proactive measures and following these tips, you can protect your home and loved ones from common winter weather threats. If you do encounter winter-related damage, remember that SERVPRO is here to help you with prompt and professional restoration services. Stay safe and cozy throughout the winter season!

First Responder Bowl Leads to Local Efforts

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

December to Remember Local efforts to piggyback national efforts for emergency responders, during the First Responder Bowl, are in the works.

November is full of fine food and good feels, but we are already revving up for a December to remember! SERVPRO is preparing to honor first responders during the holidays over national broadcasting yet again. The honorary tradition launched in 2014 to celebrate police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel. The first to arrive at any emergency, these everyday heroes deserve recognition and support, so we are excited be part of doing just that. Nearly two million first responders put their lives at risk, to save the lives of others and ensure wellbeing for all, each and every day. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers embark on risky, selfless tasks for the betterment of communities near and far. The skills acquired, and bravery needed to do so, can't be ignored. EMT's perform basic lifesaving techniques at the scene of accidents and on the way to the hospital or healthcare facility. Firefighters respond to similar scenes including natural disasters and even hazardous waste spills. Walking out of their homes each day, leaving behind loves ones and security, to service strangers is an act of heroism that most can only imagine. The games of the past have tagged on to the essence of the theme with great suspense and excitement. The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl has been concluded by a touchdown or less for the past two years- two games even being decided on a final play! The touch matches and neck-to-neck plays are sure to repeat this year as well. Taking the initiative to a local level, we will be offering gratitude goodies for these most valued community responders. Each week, our local teams will head out into the community to feed, honor and celebrate out local Tallahassee heroes. Taking place in a holiday month full of festivities, we foresee even more participation from local leaders and vendors. Starting December 1st, we will provide lunches, snacks, gifts and more to the local stations and healthcare facilities. If you are a local business seeking to donate contact our team for more info.