In Creating Safer Places for Ministry: Property (Vol. 2 of the Insurance Board Loss Control Manual), Insurance Board addresses important building issues, including insurance, property valuation and inspection with an emphasis on planning and budgeting.
Depending upon construction details and climate, you will have different technical concerns. We will provide technical information below to help you with maintenance and inspection to maintain your church property value. You will also find articles on seasonal maintenance in The Steward.
Review the helpful documents below to keep your property safe and well-maintained.
Links on Protecting Your Property
Process & Management
Loss Control Manual 2:
Buildings and Church Property management, maintenance and other resources.
Fine Arts Scheduled Property vs. Insurance Board Building Coverage
This is to help define the differences in coverage terms between the Building & Personal Property Coverage Part and other options under the Insurance Board program.
What is Your Church Worth?
A guide on estimating the worth of your church’s insurance value.
Guide of precautions to take to discourage arsonists, burglars, and vandals.
Extensive report from the National Fire Protection Association on causes of fire in religious and funeral properties.
Provided by FEMA
Building and Property Safety
Information on Boiler Types, uses and Maintenance.
Red Flag indicators of potentially disastrous problems.
How to prevent damage to your boiler when starting it up for the season.
As seen in the Fall 2018 Steward
How to prevent your church’s pipes from freezing this winter.
Willis summarizes how to prevent pipes from freezing and how to thaw frozen pipes safely.
More than pipes can be damaged by freezing temperatures. Process equipment and buildings can be damaged if pipes freeze and burst.
As seen in Summer 2019 Steward
How to keep your laptops safe.
Best practices for utilizing video surveillance systems on your property.
Tips to protect your church from being a victim of copper theft.
Guide including common concerns with vacant property, how to protect and maintain your vacant property, and the building closing process.
Crisis Prevention and Planning
Property Flood Prevention and Recovery
Willis helps tackle creating a flood prevention plan.
Know the potential damage of equipment getting flooded and how to prevent further damage.
Best practices for what to do after water damage, and how to take immediate action to minimize the growth of molds and fungi.
Provided information from the CDC on how to clean your property after a disaster including floods.
Extreme Weather Preparation
What to look for to ensure that your church and its facilities are ready to endure high winds.
What to do when a hurricane is expected.
Checklist for before, after and during a hurricane.
As Seen in Summer 2019 Steward
Learn how best to protect your church from lightning.
As seen in the Summer 2015 Steward
Information provided by Ready.gov to prevent and prepare for wildfires affecting your church
Severe Weather precautions to take in the winter.
The Hartford provides information on how to protect your church’s roof and prevent potential collapses due to heavy or sudden storms.
What are they and how can they cause damage to your church.