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of the cost-effective things property owners can do to stop future problems in their tracks.

DRAINS - Ensure drains remain clear of leaves and other debris, to enable water to escape from a building quickly, particularly during heavy downpours.

ROOFS - Check lead-work and roof tiling is in good condition and able to withstand the wind as well as the rain. If anything is loose or worn, water will find its way in.

GUTTERS - Ensure these are free from moss, leaves and other debris - and all properly connected up - to give water a fast exit from the building.

POINTING - Monitor a property's pointing and rendering regularly, as this is another area that can cause problems.

CHIMNEYS - Poor flashing on chimney breasts can let water stream into a property - this is a common problem area.

Yasmin Chopin, chief executive of the PCA, said: "This checklist offers some simple steps homeowners can take to protect their property against the nation's weather.

"By dealing with problems at an early stage, homeowners could ward off the need for more extensive repairs in the future.

"The key is to inspect regularly and prevent water entering a building.

"If in doubt, contact a member of the PCA, to get the problem accurately diagnosed."

The PCA is a member of TrustMark the scheme supported by the government to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.

To find a PCA member log on to www.property-care.org or call 0844 375 4301.

For further details on National Maintenance Week visit www.spab.org.uk

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Care Association (PCA) - the trade body for building steps you can take to stop winter taking its toll on your home. building surveyor, the PCAhas drawn up a five-point checklist CHECKLIST...Yasmin Chopin, chief executive of the Property Care Association.
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