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Top Tips
  • Inspect high level structure regularly, using binoculars to check finials, crosses, towers and spires as well as roof surfaces, ridges and copes.
  • Replace slipped slates and patch faulty flashings wherever they are noticed.
  • Do not ignore signs of water penetration or damp staining. Identify the source and remedy the problem. This must take absolute preference over redecoration.
  • Clear drains if there are signs of backing up in rainwater pipes.
  • Cut back vegetation growing against walls and ensure that the ground level does not encroach on a damp proof course.
  • Use appropriate mortar for masonry repairs and avoid proprietary cement-based products, particularly when working with stone.
  • Carry out repairs using matching materials.
  • Keep ventilation grilles free of debris and allow air passage. Ventilate the building by opening windows and vents as often as possible.
  • Ensure background heating is run throughout the week during the winter months.
  • Use registered contractors for maintaining electrics, heating and gas services. Generally take care in choosing appropriate tradesmen for the task in hand.
  • Ensure that hot work permits are in place if there is risk of fire caused by building works.
  • Clean gently! Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive techniques when cleaning glass, eroded stone, parquet floors, encaustic tiles, marble etc.
  • Don't hide problems. Always investigate to understand what is going wrong and put it right.
  

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