National Maintenance Week
The annual National Maintenance Week campaign encourages owners of all sorts of buildings (not just ancient ones) to be aware of the importance of regular care. It's a message that's relevant to home owners and to anyone who cares for a property. In 2016 the week takes place from 18 November to 25 November. National Gutters Day is on Friday 25 November.
Damp might sound like a dry subject, but it’s actually something that can drain a household’s resources. Left untreated it can cause a range of problems from serious structural damage to health concerns. This year, National Maintenance Week will focus on damp and show how householders can save themselves money by taking informed steps to fight it.
The practical message of National Maintenance Week is equally relevant to organisations like local authorities and housing associations. It’s for everyone who cares for a property! Damp is the most common and damaging cause of deterioration affecting buildings of all types and rain penetration is usually the culprit. The experts on SPAB’s free technical helpline report that damp is the most frequent cause for concern raised by callers.
In the context of buildings, rain penetration refers to the rainwater finding a way inside a building above ground – usually through roofs, walls, chimneys and openings such as windows and doors. This includes spillage from gutters and downpipes which might be blocked. It not only damages the fabric but also creates unhealthy conditions for occupants and can contribute to less visible problems like poor thermal performance. Rain penetration is distinct from other forms of dampness, such as condensation and rising damp, which require different solutions.
The Society runs a Technical Advice Line where members of the public are able to discuss their technical queries over the phone with a member of our technical staff. The line is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 12.30pm on 020 7456 0916.
For more information about 2016's campaign please contact the communications team on firstname.lastname@example.org.