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With all buildings, good maintenance and care is essential to help control dampness. Prevention is better than cure. Good preventative maintenance, involving uncomplicated tasks such as clearing gutters and rainwater pipes, will restrain, or even obviate, the need for repairs in the first place, prevent the loss of original fabric and also be cost effective.
Moisture sensors and alarm systems can be installed to warn of excessive moisture conditions in building envelopes, especially in hidden or difficult-to-access areas.
Where work to old buildings is being considered, the SPAB may be able to suggest suitable specialists.
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First published in this form in 2018. This pamphlet draws on material contained in former Technical Pamphlet 8, written by Andrew Thomas, Gilbert Williams and Nicola Ashurst. Thanks for advice on the preparation of this document are due to: Philip Hughes, Caroline Rye, Joseph Orsi and David Alexander. © D Kent/SPAB 2018.
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