Routine Maintenance

It is recommended that parishes establish a regular routine inspection and maintenance programme for their churches. In this way problems can be spotted and rectified quickly before they turn into expensive and major repair work in the future. The topics below are some of things that you should consider as part of your programme.

Routine Maintenance Planning
Carrying out routine maintenance tasks on a regular basis helps to avoid costly repair bills in the future. It is therefore important that you follow a routine maintenance plan to ensure the continuing survival of your place of worship. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Faith in Maintenance (FiM) website has some useful information on this topic, including a handy maintenance checklist and calendar.
FiM Managing Maintenance Guidance
FiM Maintenance Checklist
FiM Calendar

Every electrical installation (wiring, sockets, light switches, etc), whether in a church, hall or domestic dwelling, deteriorates with use and over time. It is therefore important to get it inspected on a regular basis to ensure that users are not put at risk. This should be done every 5 years in a place of worship and be carried out by a suitably qualified person. Visit the Electrical Safety First (ESF) website for more information:
Periodic Electrical Inspections

It is also important to ensure that all portable electrical appliances in your place of worship are in good condition to protect the people who use them. It is recommended that these items (eg. fan heaters, kettles, etc) are tested on a regular basis. Click on the following link to view the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance on this subject:
HSE Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Fire Safety
It is important to make sure you comply with Health & Safety legislation when taking fire precautions in your church, such as the provision of fire extinguishers. The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) has a range of information on fire in churches on its website. Click on the following link to go to the fire guidance:
EIG Fire in Churches Guidance

Lightning Protection for Churches
The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) has produced a guide to lightning protection for churches which can be downloaded below. There is also more comprehensive information available on their website.
Lightning Protection for Churches
Click here to go to the EIG Insurance website

Cleaning the interior of a place of worship is just as important as looking after its external fabric. Most “off the shelf” cleaning products are not suitable for use on internal fixtures and fittings. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has produced a short guide on cleaning tips for the most common materials found in places of worship.The Church of England also has some comprehensive advice on caring for historic furnishings and artwork on it’s ChurchCare website.
SPAB Cleaning Tips
ChurchCare Caring for Your Treasures