Spouting woes often hidden
The irony of good spouting is that when it’s doing its job, noone notices because rain has driven everyone indoors.
Then, when the weather clears, people emerge with a focus on gardens and getting on with daily life, rarely checking on the gutters that act as one of a home’s most essential lines of defence.
As the owner of Streamline Spouting Systems, an industry-leading spouting company operating across much of Canterbury and the West Coast, Danie Van Biljon regularly sees homes where problems with gutters have been allowed to grow unnoticed.
This spring, he has some simple advice: lift your eyes from the lawn and give your spouting a once-over.
If there are tufts of greenery sprouting above rims or the hint of warping, it’s probably time to call in a professional for a closer inspection, he says.
Buildup of plant material in gutters can hasten corrosion of old metal, but more insidious is often what isn’t seen.
It is common for old or weak gutters that aren’t reinforced to pop out of their brackets under the weight of snow, a sudden downfall of hail or water that hasn’t been able to drain away. With a misshapen gutter that isn’t properly channelling water into a downpipe, spouting can overflow, potentially sending water inside walls and across roof spaces. A slow rot and spreading mould then sets in.
The problem can be difficult to spot as damaged gutters often return to what appears the correct position once weight is lifted from them.
‘‘But it never goes back into its proper place. It’s weakened, so the next time you get heavy rain it pushes it down again and it can all pop out,’’ Danie says.
Expert assessments and replacement spouting can be supplied by Streamline Spouting Systems as required.
Continuous spouting in a wide range of colours suited to modern and classically styled buildings is available through the company for protecting homes for the long term.
Danie says many people will have put off upgrading spouting over winter because they wanted fascia boards painted at the same time – best performed when the weather is better – and both services can now be provided by Streamline Spouting Systems.
By painting fascias while installing new gutters, the company can ensure a smart new accent that is entirely in keeping with the hardwearing, seamless spouting. Free quotes are available.
To find out more, call Streamline Spouting Systems on 03 344 5744 or 021 875 462 or visit spouting2u.co.nz.
Streamline Spouting Systems owner Danie Van Biljon provides expert spouting services.