Carrying out simple maintenance tasks, such as cleaning gutters and repairing leaking sections of guttering, can potentially save hundreds or thousands of pounds in maintenance costs at a later date.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is once again running its National Maintenance Week in November, from 18th-25th of this month, and is highlighting the simple steps people can take to look after older properties.

Among them is cleaning out guttering, as well as clearing blockages in drains at ground level and replacing missing or damaged roof tiles.

While the SPAB is keen to raise awareness among homeowners on the whole, the organisation also aims to remind those who look after public buildings such as churches and village halls to take the same care with these properties.

Matthew Slocombe, SPAB director, commented: “People can potentially save hundreds of pounds each year just by tackling a few simple tasks – and, in very real terms, that’s money to spend on more immediately appealing things.”

In Droitwich, local volunteers are getting ready to help with the annual Big Clear Up event at several local churches, the Worcester News reported.

Among the tasks they’ll be getting involved with are pulling up weeds, giving the buildings a clean and clearing guttering.

The clear up events will take place at St Nicholas’s Church, St Augustine’s Church, St Andrew’s Church and St Peter’s Church during November and into January.

If their efforts have inspired you to get your own property ready for winter, contact us at Pro X Clean for gutter cleaning in Merseyside.