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Roofs and Components Category: Vents

Problem: 

Vent has become rusty.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Paintbrush

  • Rust-proof primer

  • Roofing cement

  • Roofing membrane (fiberglass fabric)

  • Putty knife/joint knife

  • Wire brush

  • Carpenter's knife

  • Pair of scissors

Solution:

 

Over time, your roof vent may become rusty.  The good thing to know is that some rust will not necessarily cause you to have the vent replaced.  Instead, with a little effort, you can help revive your vent and have it fight off the rust attack.

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

Removing rust from a vent and restoring it to fight off future rust can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Using a wire brush, brush off all the corrosion-rust that comes off of the vent.

  2. With a paintbrush, apply a coat of rust-proof primer on the vent, per the primer manufacturer's instructions. 

  3. Allow for the rust-proof primer coat to cure/dry per the primer manufacturer's instructions.

  4. With a carpenter's knife or pair of scissors, cut lengths of roofing membrane to be placed around the outside of the vent as a preventive measure against any future rust threat.  Put these cut pieces of roofing membrane to the side for the moment.

  5. With a putty knife or joint knife, spread an ample amount of roofing cement around the outer side of the vent.

  6. Having spread a layer of roofing cement, next place the cut roofing membrane pieces around the vent in an effort to shield it from future rust threats; the first layer of roofing cement should have the pieces of roofing membrane adhere well to the vent, itself.

  7. Then, to "seal the deal," apply yet another layer of roofing cement, using either a putty knife or joint knife, over the now placed roofing membrane around the vent.  Allow for it to cure.

That's what it takes to remove rust from a vent and restore it to fight off future rust.

Ed the Handyman

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