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The Church Winter Maintenance Checklist

The winter season is only a month away, meaning your church has just enough time to complete any winter maintenance needed to protect your facility from damaging winter weather. Between the colder temperatures, wind, snow and ice, your building could be facing some extreme challenges. However, with proper maintenance and servicing, you can lessen the risk of loss. Consider the following as you are preparing your facility for winter:

  • Heating Systems – Hire a certified professional contractor to service your heating system. Also, be sure to check system filters at least once a month, as some need to be changed as frequently as every three months.

  • Water Pipes – Take precautions to prevent frozen pipes or potential bursts. The following precautions can help safeguard your church from this type of situation:

    • Wrap pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or located in unheated areas with pipe insulation.

    • Turn faucets to a slow drip in an attempt to prevent freezing during extremely cold temperatures.

    • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of the building.

  • Roof and Gutters – Inspect your roof for possible leak sources, and empty out all gutters, eaves and downspouts. Take steps to prevent ice dams by considering the following tips:

    • Ensure adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic.

    • Consider installing soffit vents to increase ventilation.

    • Seal any openings in the attic, such as heat ducts, light fixtures and vent pipes.

    • Maintain gutters, eaves and downspouts to keep them clear.

    • Clear snow two to three feet from all roof edges with a snow rake.

  • Faucets and Lawn-Irrigation Systems – Make sure water pipes for outside faucets and lawn-irrigation systems are drained, and disconnect any hoses prior to the winter freeze. It may be a good idea to hire a professional for this responsibility.

  • Handrails and Walkways – Check your facility handrails and see that they are in good condition without any physical damage and are adequately secured. Ensure that walkways will have de-icing products applied when weather conditions require it.

  • Snow and Ice Removal – Be sure your church has all of the essential equipment for snow and ice removal, such as shovels, ice melt and snow blowers.

While more maintenance could be required, the preceding items are a good starting point for your organization. 

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