How long since you’ve been up
your bell tower?
Out of sight shouldn't mean out of mind.
Although bronze bells are practically indestructible, the mechanical parts that allow the bell to ring and the frame supporting the bell, are not. Weather exposure, temperature extremes, and service neglect can cause bolts, clappers, swingers, yokes, and other parts and equipment to deteriorate, making the bell unsafe.
“Just as you maintain your car, simply lubricating the moving parts of your bell on a regular basis can reduce wear and add years of life to your bells.”
— Tim Verdin, sixth generation Verdin
Set up a bell evaluation now:
Our comprehensive visual inspection and analysis of your church bell, bell equipment, hardware, and bell tower structure will enable us to evaluate the safety of your bells and to identify any trouble spots or potential risks. A highly trained Verdin technician will conduct the inspection and take photographs to review with the Verdin bell team to analyse. Verdin will prepare a report to share with the pastor and facility manager.
What we’ll look for during your bell evaluation:
There are some key things that the visual inspection includes.
- Visual overlook of the entire structure (bell tower, steeple, etc.), wooden or steel supports, floor, access to the bells, etc. Any signs of cracks, aging or wear and tear are thoroughly examined, noted, and photographed from different distances and angles (Inside and outside.)
- Visual overlook and photo of the entire bell structure and bell equipment
- All bolts are examined and photographed, including chains and clapper pins. Note the condition of the bolts, chains, and pins (rusted, corroded, loose, worn, etc.)
- Loose bolts need tightened and rusting bolts replaced immediately. (Bell bolts secure the bell to the frame and much of the wear is hidden from plain sight. It is important to properly assess their condition to ensure the bell is safe hanging in the tower.)
- Bell clappers and strike point of the bell should be checked annually for the bell's proper ring tone to stay constant.
- Bell(s) and equipment checked for cracks and wear, including ropes. Frayed or damaged ropes should be replaced.
- Inspect clapper joints. These should be adequately lubricated. Adjustments may also be needed.
- Roughness or noise indicates worn or damaged bearings. We'll look to see if bearings are gunked up, dry or need replaced.
- Some towers and supporting structures may not be safe to handle the swing of a bell. These bells can be immobilized and a stationary bell ringer installed.
Short clip of a Verdin bell evaluation
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Have you seen any of these signs of potential problems?
- Bells difficult to ring? This might be a sign that the pulley blocks or wheel are loose, poorly aligned or damaged. Could also be rope wear.
- Muffled or stuttering bell? This could be a sign that the clapper return springs are loose or broken.
- Feel a shock when ringing bell? This may be a sign that the bell is loose from its yoke connection and needs urgent service. Immediately stop using the bell, clear the area, and call for repair. The bell is at severe risk of tumbling.
- Bat and bird droppings? Animal droppings corrode bells and hardware. It’s very important to keep bat and birds out of the bell tower. If droppings are present, we photograph where the animals are entering the tower or steeple—if possible— and recommend you take steps to screen them out.
Ready to set up your evaluation?
Contact us to set up an on-site evaluation.