What exactly is spouting?
Spouting is the pipework around the roofline of your house where water run-off (rain) is collected from the roof. From the spouting, water runs down the vertical downpipes into the stormwater network, garden or into a grey water collection tank. Rather than having rain run straight off the roof, causing damage to the walls or foundation (and soaking people below), rain is directed from the spouting to downpipes in order to control where the water is collected. Spouting is also referred to as gutters or guttering.
While old gutters were once made of lead or iron, modern spouting or guttering is now usually made of PVC.
Maintaining, repairing, replacing your spouting
Regency Plumbing can help keep your spouting properly maintained, in good condition and working effectively. Your gutters will last longer if you have them cleaned regularly, especially if you have trees near your property. The more you look after your spouting, the longer it will last. If you live in Auckland, Regency Plumbing can check, clean, maintain and repair your spouting. If you need to replace parts or all of your spouting, we can help.
Why good spouting is important?
The spouting on your home is important for two main reasons. First, keeping your spouting clean, clear and in good condition will help reduce the amount of maintenance work needed on your home. Second, clean and tidy spouting will make it easier to collect rain water to use as grey water (and, thus, save on your water bills).
How does good maintenance of your spouting reduce maintenance work?
It’s important to keep your spouting clear of debris – leaves, branches, twigs – and anything else that may get blown into your spouting from wind or rain. If you don’t check your spouting regularly, you might even end up with birds’ nests or dead rodents in them.
When debris accumulates in your gutters, they become heavier and may eventually come loose or break away from the house. If your spouting remains clogged with debris, you won’t have proper run-off from the roof and may end up with water damage in your house.
The Regency Plumbing team in Auckland can help keep your spouting in good shape in two ways. We can come out and do a thorough clean and check of your spouting to make sure there is no existing damage or areas where the water isn’t draining properly. We will also clear out any clogs that, if left unattended, may cause future damage. Unless you’re up on a ladder regularly, it’s hard for you to know if something is stuck in your spouting.
We urge you to call in the experts of Regency Plumbing to do this for you – especially if you’re not confident getting up on a ladder or don’t have the right equipment needed to clean spouting.
We can also help you keep your spouting clean by providing you with a few easy-to-use tools to keep your spouting clean, clear and in good shape. We have a range of spouting screens and gutter guards that allow water to run freely through the spouting, and that help prevent any debris or objects getting trapped in the gutters.
Keeping your spouting clean for grey water collection
Keeping your spouting clean and in good condition is important, too, if you’re collecting grey water. It’s a great way to reduce your water bills in Auckland and do your part for the environment. You can read more about collecting rain water into a grey water tank here.
It’s important to keep your gutters clear of rodents, rodent waste, birds and birds’ nests if you’re collecting tank water for consumption. Potable water is any water used for various types of consumption – it is safe to drink, cook with, brush your teeth with, wash and shower with, give to your pets, fill your pool or spa with. If you’re in Auckland, talk to the team at Regency Plumbing about the best way to harness the water from your roof to use as potable water – we’ll start with reviewing your spouting system.
Spouting or guttering as a design feature
We are seeing more homeowners choosing spouting in a colour that is different to their main house external colour. We’re loving this approach. We can help you select a contrast colour to add some character to the exterior, or you can choose a colour that is close to the colour of your window trims for a beautiful, modern look.
One of our trusted suppliers, Marley, offers a great range of spouting in various colours, sizes and profiles.
Marley spouting, guttering, downpipes
At Regency Plumbing we have been using the Marley range for years and trust them for their high quality and superb range of products.
- 15-year guarantee
- will not rust/corrode – designed for NZ’s salt-laden coastal air
- UV resistant – to handle NZ’s harsh summer sun and high UV levels
- 100% recyclable – used spouting and downpipes can be returned to Marley for recycling
- made in NZ – proudly made here in NZ for over 40 years
The range of Marley spouting, guttering, downpipes that we install includes:
- a range of spouting/guttering profiles – round, half round, quarter round, Roman, square
- a range of downpipe profiles – round, rectangular (square look), narrow options, compact bend options
- Curve® is a leaf and debris diverter that combines sleek, sophisticated design with innovative filtering technology
- Twist® is a compact rainwater diverter that quick connects your downpipe to a small tank.
- 6 colours (white, black, grey friars, ironsand, copper, titanium)
Find out about our trade-in offer on your old spouting when you upgrade to colour.
Reminder about the Building Code
The New Zealand Building Code has specific compliance requirements that pertain to the disposal of rainwater from external surfaces, along with measures to ensure that surface water cannot enter the building. These are detailed in section E1 (surface water) and section E2 (external moisture) of the Code. Therefore, we recommend that if you are planning to install, repair or replace your spouting, guttering or downpipes, you give us a call at Regency Plumbing to ensure you remain compliant.
Give Regency Plumbing a call for a quote on unblocking, repairing or replacing your spouting, guttering and downpipes.