Spout­ing woes of­ten hid­den

Northern Outlook - - LOCAL -

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.

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