Summer has announced its arrival in a big way, bringing heat and, in some places, lots of rain. The warm weather forecast is also a reminder to perform inspections and maintenance to keep your church building comfortable and functional. Here are some tips on what needs attention.
Conduct a Roof Inspection
It’s difficult to know whether your roof needs repair and maintenance until you inspect it properly. Inclement weather, in all seasons, can cause wear and tear on the roof, loosening nails and shingles, among other things. Identifying and fixing issues now will save a lot of time, money, and aggravation in the future.
First, clean any debris out of the gutters and ensure that downspouts aren’t clogged, so rainwater can flow freely. Clear any debris from the roof, as well, and look carefully at the shingles to ensure they are all in place and in good shape. Do you see any green moss or lichen? These are indicators of decay beneath the roof’s surface. If you have a metal roof, check the flashing and fasteners. Any loose fasteners should be tightened. It is important to apply caulking to the top side of a metal roof as it relies on compression for watertightness. Caulking is a temporary fix that will allow the real issue to become a bigger problem in the future. Inspect the vent pipes to ensure that they are clear and in good shape, and check for cracks or wear on the rubber boots. Examine the flashing and surface membrane to ensure that the caulk is not cracked or rust stained.
Perform HVAC Maintenance
The height of summer is not the time you want your air conditioning to fail, so it’s also critically important to inspect and maintain the HVAC systems in your church building. A few of the most basic tasks you can do include:
- Changing all the filters and tracking the filter numbers and replacement dates in a maintenance log.
- Changing the batteries and checking the cooling schedule and temperature settings on your thermostats to ensure the building is properly cooled when it’s in use, and conserving energy when it’s not.
- Keeping the airflow ducts free of mold, dust, or debris, and patching any holes.
Keep the evaporator and condenser coils clean, while ensuring that the refrigerant is still charged and there are no leaks. Clear clogs and flush out the drain lines and remove water in the HVAC drain pans. Examine the electrical system for any loose connections. Replace any pulleys and belts that are worn out. Ensure the blowers and fan blades are working correctly and lubricate the bearings and moving parts on the fan motor.
Consider an Energy Audit
If you’re planning an addition or renovation, consider an energy audit. Performing one can help you determine if your HVAC system is sufficient size to handle the climate control needs of your church building. An inadequate system will work too hard and have a shorter lifespan, while a system that’s too large wastes energy. We recommend an energy audit to help you save on energy costs and repairs in the long run.
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