St Thomas, Werneth

Maintenance Plan

Regular checks are a vital part of building maintenance. Check as frequently as you can, but preferably no less often than is suggested below. The best time to check gutters and rainwater goods is during or just after rain as this will help you to spot any leaking sections. Further information and guidance can be found in the Faith in Maintenance handbook

Have the electrical systems checked by a qualified person?
(before each Quinquennial Inspection)
Smoke alarms should be regularly tested and cleaned. Remember to replace any batteries.
(not applicable)
(do we need any?)
Parapet & 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.
(January)
Parapet & 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.
(February)
Make sure that the tower, roofs and windows are bird-proof before nesting starts
(February)
Do not disturb bats!
Check the condition of ladders. Ensure that the bells and bellframe are in good order
(February)
We don't have bells, but do we have a bell-frame? (And we do have ladders in the tower.)
Check that eaves, gutters and downpipes have not been damaged by frost. Look for cracks and leaks in rainwater goods, and note damaged sections.
(March)
Parapet & 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.
(March)
Check the roofs for snow, frost, and wind damage. Debris on the ground from broken slates and tiles indicates that there may be a problem.
(April)
Check for splits and cracks in areas of flat or sloping sheet roofing.
(April)
Inspect lead flashing and mortar fillets at chimneys for signs of decay. Problems will include holes or splits in leadwork, and erosion of mortar fillets.
(April)
Clear leaves and debris from gutters and rainwater pipes regularly. Frequent attention may be needed if the building is surrounded by trees, or perched on by pigeons. Cast iron gutters may also require repainting.
(April)
Gulleys and rainwater pipes should be cleaned out regularly and drains should be rodded out if they overflow during wet weather. Remove silt and debris and ensure water discharges freely.
(May)
Make sure that windows and ventilators are operable so that the building can be ventilated on dry days during the summer months. Lubricate door and window ironmongery and check security of locks.
(May)
Shut down the heating system and have the boiler serviced. Bleed radiators if you have them and ensure that the frost thermostat is operational.
(May)
Clear away any plant growth from around the base of the walls and in particular from the drainage channel.
(May)
Inspect all windows. Check the glazing, putty, lead cames and wire ties for signs of damage.
(June)
Check timberwork for signs of rot including less accessible areas such as floor and roof voids, under stairs, and in cupboards.
(June)
Clear any dirt from condensation drainage channels and holes at the base of windows.
(June)
Remove any vermin from floor and roof voids
(June)
Look at timber, windows, doors, fascias and bargeboards. Check for cracked and rotten wood. Redecoration may be required.
(July)
Clear away any plant growth from around the base of the walls and in particular from the drainage channel.
(July)
Have the lightning conductor system serviced once every five years.
(July)
(before Quinquennial Inspection)
Consider having the steeple inspected by a steeplejack once very five years.
(July)
(before Quinquennial Inspection?)
If your roof space has safe access and is boarded, check whether there is evidence of leaks or damage to the roof during heavy rain, especially below gutters.
(September)
Clear away any plant growth from around the base of the walls and in particular from the drainage channel.
(September)
Make sure that water tanks and exposed water and heating pipes are protected from frost. Any leaks should be repaired.
(September)
Make sure that any airbricks or under floor ventilators are free from obstruction and clean if necessary.
(September)
Check masonry for signs of damage. Report any deeply eroded mortar joints or cracks or signs of movement.
(October)
Check that snowboards and access walkways are in a good state of repair.
(October)
Clear leaves and debris from gutters and rainwater pipes regularly. Frequent attention may be needed if the building is surrounded by trees, or perched on by pigeons.
(October)
Check that the flagpole is secure
(November)
Check the roofs for damage. Debris on the ground from broken slates and tiles indicates that there may be a problem.
(November)
Clear leaves and debris from gutters and rainwater pipes regularly. Frequent attention may be needed if the building is surrounded by trees, or perched on by pigeons.
(November)
Parapet & 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.
(December)
Gulleys beneath rainwater pipes should be cleaned out regularly and drains should be rodded out if they overflow during wet weather. Remove silt and debris and ensure water discharges freely.
(December)
Make sure that fire safety equipment has been serviced.
(December)
SAFETY
Ensure you maintain your building safely.
  • Ladders, lofts and roofs present particular hazards. It is best not to work alone, but think of the safety of helpers and others beneath if working above ground level.
  • Safety equipment is needed for some jobs, including gloves for the clearance of drains or removal of pigeon droppings from gutters.
  • Do not touch gas or electrical supplies unless you are qualified.
  • If in any doubt about safe access, particularly on roofs and in attics, use a reputable, professional builder for inspection or work. Binoculars can be a useful tool to help you inspect roofs and other high level items.
  • For further advice contact the Health and Safety Executive