Property health tips

A Wise 5-point checklist

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The Property Care Association - the trade body for building preservation in the UK - has drawn up a 5 point property health checklist to help householders stop winter taking its toll on their homes in line with National Maintenance Week.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has focused its 2009 property health campaign to promote awareness of the simple, economic and achievable maintenance steps that can be taken in autumn to stave off costly major faults and damage at a later date. This year it is supported by TV property expert Phil Spencer, a trained building surveyor.

Property Health Tips - 5 point checklist

In line with the campaign, Wise Property Care and its trade body, The Property Care Association (PCA), has drawn up a five-point check list of the cost effective things property owners can do to stop future property problems in their tracks.

  1. Drains - Ensure drains remain clear of leaves and other debris, to enable water to escape from a building quickly, particularly during heavy downpours.
  2. Roofs - Check lead-work and roof tiling is in good condition and able to withstand the wind as well as the rain. If anything is loose or worn, water will find its way in.
  3. Gutters - Ensure these are free from moss, leaves and other debris - and all properly connected up - to give water a fast exit from the building.
  4. Pointing - Monitor a property's pointing and rendering regularly, as this is another area that can cause problems.
  5. Chimneys - Poor flashing on chimney breasts can let water stream into a property - this is a common problem area.

Yasmin Chopin, chief executive of the PCA, said: "This checklist offers some simple steps homeowners can take to protect their property against the nation's weather. By dealing with problems at an early stage, homeowners could ward off the need for more extensive repairs in the future".

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