Simple & practical

Published on: 4 May 2021

Normally, August marks a break from church work, but after such an unusual year I know many of you are trying to catch up with projects previously placed on hold.

With Autumn fast approaching, it is also a time to consider what maintenance will be needed now and in the coming few months. Below are some simple and practical ways to maintain your building and stave off the deterioration. These are:

  • If your roof space has safe access and is boarded, check whether there is evidence of leaks or damage to the roof covering during heavy rain, especially below gutters.
  • Clear away any plant growth from around the base of walls and from the drainage channel. Please be mindful; our churchyards are home to many unique species of plants.
  • Make sure that water tanks and exposed water and heating pipes are protected from frost. Any leaks should be repaired.
  • Make sure any airbricks or under floor ventilators are free from obstruction, clean if necessary.
  • Check masonry for signs of damage. Report any deeply eroded mortar joints or cracks or signs of movement.
  • Check that snowboards and access walkways are in a good state of repair.
  • Clear leaves and debris from gutters and rainwater pipes regularly and check for any storm damage.
  • Check roofs for damage. Debris on the ground from broken or missing slates and tiles indicates that there may be a problem.
  • Parapet and valley gutters need to be cleared of snow to prevent melt water rising above them and causing damp internally. Extra caution is needed in icy conditions.
  • Gulleys beneath rainwater pipes should be cleared out regularly and drains should be rodded out if they overflow during wet weather. Remove silt and debris and ensure water discharges freely.
  • Make sure that fire safety equipment has been serviced.
  • Have the electrical systems checked by a qualified person at least once every five years.
  • Make sure that the tower, roofs and windows are bird-proof before nesting starts.
  • Check the condition of any ladders in the tower and ask the tower captain to ensure that the bells and bellframe are in good order.

If you would like further advice contact me on: 01603 882351,

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