When it comes to cooling your house or apartment, nothing beats a well-placed roof vent pipe vent. These are very rare, but when they do appear in the wild they can be worth fighting for.
This is a fully functional waterproofed rubber roof vent pipe boot. They are designed to fit over a standard utility sink drainpipe and connect to your kitchen faucet. Once it is connected, you can open and close the lid to share your cooling resources with the other occupants of your home.
This is a unique way to cool your home as only those with special plumbing skills can properly install this!
How useful is this? Well, when used in conjunction with an air conditioner or air ventilation system, this will allow you to cool both your house and yourself down.
You will need a screwdriver, a phillips head screwdriver, and a torch to complete this step. You can also use a chisel or mallet if you do not have one of the first two tools.
Using the screwdriver or phillips head screwdriver, remove the bottom cap on the roof vent pipe boot. Next, using the second tool described in this article, cut down the excess rubber on both sides of the boot.
Now you can insert your boot into your roof vent pipe and push down! When it is secure, pull out and cut off another piece of rubber to install as the top cap. Now you are ready to go!
How Much Does It Cost?
This tool costs about $5 at home improvement stores and on Amazon. You could also look at schools or organizations that offer woodworking classes to find additional resources.
Secure the pipe
Once you have the boot on, next we need to secure the boot to the roof. You can do this by using a ¾-inch hole saw and cutting a small hole in the rubber, or by using a nail gun and creating a small hole in the rubber.
Both of these methods require that you take your time to look at your roof and make sure you have enough space to accommodate this piece. You are going to want to put this piece in once snow has stopped and cleaned off the roof.
This is important as if it does snowball out, your home will be in danger of being flooded! You do not want that happening with this piece in place.
Once it is on, stay close by calling or texting us if there is any problem with frozen pipes or melted snow causing a problem.
Cut the tube to length
Once your rubber roof vent pipe boot is cut to length, let them sit for a minute to allow the water to escape. Then, grab one end and wrap it around the other end and pull it tight.
You will need to do this in a circle shape so that both ends are connected. This prevents water from entering the boot and being trapped inside.
Now, make your next step- cut off the remaining end of the boot. This lets you walk out of the house without having water shooting out of the boot which could be hazardous.
Now you have a waterproof boot that helps keep your roof vent pipe from freezing up! You can now use these if winter comes or they can last you through summer heaters and rains.
Place the boot over the pipe
Now that the boot is over the pipe, you can start to close the top. You will need to place a bit of caulking around the pipe to seal the boot to it.
Use an iron and remove any excess heat from the iron. Once cooled, wrap a towel around the Boot and then firmly wrap a second towel around it to secure.
Once they are secured, let them dry overnight before using them. They can be used on any type of roof, whether that be asphalt or rubber!
If you want to add some color or patterns, here are some easy ways to do so. Just use some hot steam and leave them overnight to work.
Push the pipe into the hole in the roof
Now is the time to make your rubber boot really smart. You will need to push the pipe that connects to the inside of the boot through the hole in the roof. This will ensure that your boot is in place and connected to the roof.
This can be done by using a tool like a ratchet or screwdriver, or by using a utility knife to cut a small opening in the rubber. Either way, pull out the pipe and connect it to your roof.
You can now enjoy beautiful views of your home or neighborhood! Your neighbors will definitely wonder what brand of rubber you have, how you made it and how strong it must be.
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Secure with tape until permanent fix can be made
While working on a roof where there were two roofs connected by an underground pipe, there was a place where the rubber roof vent pipe boot failed. The boot kept coming off while working on the roof due to the tape holding it on.
Once it was removed and cleaned out, it revealed the leak. Fortunately, this leak was small and non-potable so no drastic measures were needed.
The owner used a small piece of tape to secure the boot to the vent pipe which worked fine! He also used some strong glue to hold it in place. Both of these methods worked fine and did not need to be changed due to any issues with the glue or glue failing.
Test for leaks
After installing the rubber roof vent pipe boot, you will need to check for leaks. If there are any, you can either put a piece of tape on them or add more around the boot to seal them.
To do this, remove the boot and stand up. Then, walk your floor planal downstairs and see if any water is coming out of the vent pipeBoot. If it is, then you must add some new ones!
You can buy these at a home improvement store or through an online site like Amazon. They are fairly affordable and they come in all sizes so that you can use both your small children and large cars as boats to get into the roof!
These are very useful because if your kids climb up on the house or boat their feet do not get wet when standing in water.
Clean roof vent before applying new sealant
If your rubber roof vent pipe boot is already dirty, do not apply new sealant to it. Instead, remove some of the old sealant with a vacuum cleaner or brush and replace it with fresh sealant.
This allows the Vent Pipe Boot to properly clean its roof before applying new sealant. By removing some of the old sealant before replacing it with new, you increase your chances of a good bond between the new sealant and your roof.
You can also use a compressed air canister to remove some of the old sealant. Just make sure you store your canister in a place that is dry and safe. You do not need to use them if the boot was vacuumed recently!
General wisdom: If you need to remove some old Sealant, do so before applying new Sealant so that there is a good enough bond between the two.