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Roofs and Components Category: Vents

Improvement Project:

How to keep debris and animals from entering your vent.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Galvanized hardware cloth (i.e. galvanized wire mesh)

  • Pliers (for cutting)

  • Roofing cement

  • Putty knife/joint knife

Guide:

 

Small animals and/or debris can find their way into your house vent if you do not take the proper steps to safe guard it from becoming an unwanted access point.  This unwanted access point--vent opening--for such pests can be eliminated with just some effort in installing some sort of wire mesh over the vent opening, as noted further below. 

Caution: When dealing with chemicals in products, such as roofing cement, and sharp objects, such as a carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Keeping debris and animals from entering your vent can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Specifically, what you'll want to do is cut some galvanized hardware cloth (i.e., galvanized wire mesh) to size, using pliers, that is enough to cover the vent opening and to reach down all around the sides of the vent for securing purposes.  Put the cut hardware cloth to the side for the moment.

  2. Using a putty knife or joint knife, prep the sides of the vent by applying a layer of roofing cement on such sides to act as the adhesive that will hold the galvanized hardware cloth.

  3. Next, get a hold of the previously cut-to-size galvanized hardware cloth and place it over the vent opening and around its sides.  Make sure the placement of the hardware cloth is done squarely over the vent hole, and that the hardware cloth is gently padded down to eliminate any bumps or other abnormal spots; the hardware cloth should be left with as a smooth of a surface as possible all around the vent.

  4. Finally, apply yet another layer of the roofing cement now over this newly installed hardware cloth all around the vent, making sure that the cement covering is level.

  5. Allow for the cement to cure without attempting to disturb the vent, including by not turning on an exhaust fan that might consequently funnel air through, causing a disruption during the curing process.

So, without much effort, one can keep debris and animals from entering their vent.

Ed the Handyman

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