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Winter Weather Preparedness For Your Norton Shores Church

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Sanctuary of church flooded This flooded church sanctuary was caused by a supply line breaking.

Winter weather brings concerns about heat and maximizing its retention, frozen pipes, and access to your Norton Shores church.  This church recently had a supply line break after freezing and then bursting, affecting the sanctuary with a half inch of standing water and traveling to numerous other rooms.  Below are some tips from the U.S. Small Business Administration to identify areas of your church that are most susceptible to winter hazards and suggest ways to minimize damage.

Before a Storm:

  • Check your insurance coverage for protection against winter hazards.
  • Add the following supplies to your disaster supply kit: rock salt (to melt ice on driveways and walkways), sand (to improve traction), and snow shovels (or other snow removal equipment).
  • Determine your greatest risk potential: loss of heat, frozen pipes, and/or loss of access due to snow/ice.
  • Identify who is responsible for keeping heating equipment in good working order.
  • Figure out who is responsible for snow/ice removal.
  • Seal all openings with caulking and insulation where cold air can enter.
  • Repair walls and roofs to prevent drafts; inspect roof drains for debris.
  • Make sure heating and heat-producing equipment is in good condition and operating efficiently.
  • Arrange for snow removal from driveways, doorways, and walkways.
  • Monitor building temperatures especially in hard-to-heat areas containing vulnerable equipment.  Keep temperatures above 40°F.
  • Mark fire hydrants near for ease in locating and clearing after a heavy storm.

During the Storm:

  • Heaters, snow blowers, generators, and snow shovels should be located where they are most likely to be used.
  • Keep driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow and ice.
  • Turn on water faucets slightly to let them drip in order to keep water flowing through pipes that are vulnerable to freezing.
  • Have contact information readily accessible for your heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, and SERVPRO of Muskegon.
  • Have someone assigned to check indoor temperatures if your church will be vacant for an extended period of time.

If your church has suffered water damage from winter hazards, call SERVPRO of Muskegon, 231-733-7601.  We help to ensure your damage is mitigated according to industry standard.

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