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2021 Fall Checklist

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

September is here and fall is upon us. Before the cold weather and snow come to your neck of the woods, be sure your church is preparing to maintain its buildings through the colder months. Consider our fall checklist below to help prepare your church for what lies ahead.

Gutter Cleaning

Autumn leaves are one of the most iconic images of fall, but they can also be one of the biggest hassles of the season. Gutters clogged by leaves and other debris can lead to water and ice damage down the line. Be sure you’re having them cleaned by a qualified professional or add leaf guards (also by a qualified professional) to help avoid unnecessary damage.

Roof Inspection

In addition to cleaning your gutters, be sure to have your roof inspected for missing shingles, other damage, or wear and tear. Exposed roofs experience an increased risk of water and structural damage with the freezing and thawing that comes with winter. It’s much easier to replace a few shingles now than an entire roof later.

Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace is sure to get plenty of use this winter, so before the cold weather is here, have your furnace checked and make sure it’s in good enough shape to last the winter. If your furnace breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm it can potentially cause frozen pipes or other damage.

Repair Damaged Walkways

Slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common causes of injuries. If you haven’t yet made any necessary repairs to your parking lot, walkway, or stairs, now is the time to do them before snow and freezing temperatures arrive.

Begin Winterizing

In addition to the tips we’ve already covered, it’s a good idea to begin winterizing your church’s buildings while the weather is still moderate. Check the insulation on pipes, place weatherstripping and plastic over windows and doors, and start accumulating salt, shovels, and other supplies you’ll need for winter.

We hope these tips will make it easier to prepare your church for the colder months.


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