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Building maintenance advice for heritage properties

Heritage buildings can be more expensive to keep in good condition and some issues can be made worse by bad weather. Some simple maintenance carried out before the winter sets in can help to prevent damage being caused.

  • Roof check

     
    Ensure all roofs are in good order and any missing or slipped slates and tiles are replaced. Ridge tiles should be checked to ensure they have not become loose or allowing water inside
  • Rainwater fittings and disposal

     
    Roof valleys, gutters, hoppers and downpipes need to be cleared of leaves, plant growth and other debris to ensure a free-flow of storm water and prevent overflowing, which will cause damage to the fabric of the building. Water which is unable to drain away will freeze, causing damage by expansion. Storm drains and soakaways need to be checked to ensure water can be carried away
  • Heating and electrics

     
    Poorly maintained heating systems and electrical installations can cause damage to historic buildings. Gas fired central heating systems should be subject to an annual maintenance contract with a Gas Safe Register™ registered installer. The annual maintenance check should include all radiators and pipes as well as the boiler itself to ensure there are no leaks
  • Routine repairs

     
    In addition to the routine maintenance outlined above, minor repairs should be undertaken on a regular basis. Remember that only experienced builders using the correct materials should be employed
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.