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Despite such well known proverbs as 'don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar' and 'a stitch in time saves nine', individual and corporate owners too often fail to carry out such tasks as:
FIXING a slipped tile to prevent damp causing damage that would soon
spread through the roofspace and down to the upper floors.
CHECKING and repairing downpipes. Small leaks tend to become big ones. If parts of the fabric become saturated, then frost will cause damage.
REPAINTING woodwork - otherwise paint will crack and flake off, dampness
will get in and the wood will rot.
REMOVING plant growth which unchecked brings its own problems as roots penetrate and widen cracks and joints.
As with all these tasks, the damage will have to be put right sooner or later.
Maintenance safeguards the historic fabric because less material - if any at all - is lost in regular, minimal and small-scale repair than in eventual, disruptive and extensive rescue. The avoidable loss of fabric through neglect diminishes the heritage value of the building and is a waste of resources.