MaintenanceBooker is a new service from the National Churches Trust which makes it easier for churches, chapels and historic buildings in Yorkshire to book maintenance services using professional and experienced contractors.
Services currently available include gutter clearance, lightning protection system inspections, tree surveys and tree maintenance. Plans are already in motion to add further maintenance services in 2017 in other regions of the country.
All MaintenanceBooker contractors have been carefully selected following a rigorous tendering process which has assessed their experience, levels of insurance and Health and Safety standards.
To use the MaintenanceBooker service please visit www.maintenancebooker.org.uk.
What can you expect from a MaintenanceBooker service?
If you book a Rainwater Goods Maintenance service you can expect the following
- Clearing of all eaves, parapet and valley gutters
- Removal of debris from flat roofs
- Cleaning of rainwater hoppers/sumps/interceptors
- Clearing of rainwater gullies catchpits and inspection chambers connected to rain water systems
- Opening,cleaning and resealing of rodding eyes
- Rodding of rainwater drainage systems and reporting of any blockages or other problems in writing
- The cost of debris collection and disposal off site is included in price
- A report from the contractor to include: before and after photographs of the work undertaken; identification and photographic evidence of noticeable defects and recommendations on repairs required.
Your contractor’s report will also be passed on to your church and your diocese. For Church of England properties, the report will also be loaded onto the Church Heritage Record to be made available to Quinquennial Inspection architects.
Is the cost of maintenance a problem?
If the cost of a Rainwater Goods Maintenance service is a financial problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, is offering grants in 2017 to cover 50% of the cost of your building’s first gutter clearance service.
Churches in Yorkshire with small congregations or limited financial means are eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant, if they book a Rainwater Goods Maintenance Service through the MaintenanceBooker system.
There are up to 200 grants available in 2017 so please apply early to improve your chances of receiving a grant. Once you have submitted a grant application you should normally hear if it has been successful within four weeks.
If you have been awarded a grant you can claim the money from the National Churches Trust after your building’s Rainwater Goods Maintenance Service has been completed. Simply pay your final invoice and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general queries about MaintenanceBooker contact Janet Edmond, Project Manager, on 07734 392445 or at email@example.com.