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Time to MOT your home

When was the last time you cleaned your gutters?

Nov 23, 2010

Friday 26 November is ‘National Gutters Day’, part of the annual National Maintenance Week, an event designed to increase awareness of the importance of the basic upkeep of historic buildings.

The event is organised by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and their website is packed with helpful tips and information to give you the confidence and the knowledge to get started.

One of the most effective ways to look after a building is to give it a simple 'MOT' at the beginning of winter to make sure that it is ready to face potential problems caused by rainfall, high winds and debris like fallen leaves and twigs.

Fiona MacDonald, Conservation Architect for Edinburgh World Heritage said: “As homeowners, carrying out routine maintenance is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that your property remains in good order.  If gutters and drains become blocked with leaves, damp problems may develop and can lead to dry rot or other problems.

Simple measures such as clearing out leaves from gutters, replacing slipped slates, and painting timber windows and doors in a timely fashion will go a long way to ensuring that your home stays warm and dry. Your house is probably one of the largest single investments that you are likely to make, so it makes sense to keep your house in good order. A healthy home can improve your health, so act now!”

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