Updated: Oct 12
It's time to bring out your light jackets and flannels for the cooler weather! 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.
Those beautiful autumn leaves can turn into major headaches when it comes to your gutters. Gutters clogged by leaves and other debris can lead to water and ice damage down the line. Gutters should be cleared of debris before and after the leaves fall. Be sure to take proper safety precautions when working on a ladder.
Check windows for cracks, separation, weather stripping, drafts, and proper latching. Take time to clean the interior and exterior windows of the church. Check with your local energy provider about possible window replacement programs to provide your church with energy-efficient windows.
Completing seasonal tasks such as cutting grass, trimming hedges, raking leaves, etc., will help ensure your church is pleasing to the eyes of your members and the community. Check your sidewalks, walkways, and other hard surfaces for cracks and potential trip hazards. Pay attention to your parking lots by filling in potholes and clearing dangerous debris like glass or nails. Finally, make sure all your handrails are secure and structurally sound.
Your furnace is sure to get plenty of use this winter, so check it and ensure it's in great shape before the cold weather arrives. If your furnace breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm, it can potentially cause frozen pipes or other significant damage to your building.
Make a plan to examine and perform necessary maintenance on all of your seasonal equipment before the winter weather hits. After completing the repairs, move your fall and winter equipment like doormats, shovels, leaf blowers, and snow blowers to where they will be easily accessible.
Take a stroll around the property at dusk. Take note of when lights come on and ensure that all lights function correctly. If streetlights are out, be sure to contact your local government agency to have them fixed or replaced.
Fire Safety and Prevention
Arrange to service or replace fire extinguishers. Your local fire department may be able to help you with this process. Also, check the batteries in all the smoke detectors throughout the church. Replace dying batteries and wipe away dust and debris.
Plumbing and Insulation
Check faucets, drains, plumbing, and the surrounding insulation for leaks and corrosion. Perform general maintenance and repairs where necessary.
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.
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