Baker Construction Co., headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas utilizes SquirrelGard™ on recent roofing system replacement. SquirrelGard™ will protect the high quality lead jacks utilized to flash the plumbing vents extending through the roof surface. Information on Baker Construction Co. – Roofing Experts – can be found on their web site – www.bakercon.com . Baker Construction Co. specializes in the installation of residential and commercial roofing systems utilizing premium roofing products.
This giant squirrel weathervane was found on a roof in Rockport, Texas. Does this enormous squirrel scare away the squirrels? Or does it attract the pesky little critters? Based on the damage to the lead flashings on the plumbing vents, it surely doesn’t scare them away. To guard the new lead plumbing jacks that were installed with the new roofing system, SquirrelGard™ was installed to protect the lead flashings from the very beginning.
SquirrelGard™ will be at West End Lumber’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-off on Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. West End Lumber is located at 9335 Highway 6 North in Houston, Texas 77095. The Chili Cook-off will award trophies for the best chili and have drawings for door prizes! Come by the SquirrelGard™ booth for Squirrel cookies!
What’s lurking down there – or is it up there? Could this ‘geico’ like tree frog be lurking down in your plumbing vent pipes? At this Rockport (Texas) Country Club roof, the little green tree frog is just kind of ‘hanging out’ up on the roof . . . and then down in the plumbing vent. If he wanted, he could be in your toilet bowl, and probably when you least suspect!
Squirrels have also been gnawing on this lead pipe flashing allowing water to enter the roofing system – most likely inside the wall causing a moldy and musty smell, if not water damage. This could be a ‘two for’ – the patent pending SquirrelGard™ will repair and protect the lead jack flashing and the internal stainless steel screen will prevent critters like the little green tree frog from entering your plumbing system.
SquirrelGard™ guards against squirrel damage to lead pipe flashings, prevents critters and debris from entering the plumbing vents, prevents frost build-up on plumbing vents and prevents rain water from entering the sewer or septic system. Yet, always allowing for access for plumbing repairs and maximum ventilation of sewer gases. SquirrelGard™ is quite the multi-tasker!
SquirrelGard™ installed on the roofing system of an Afton Oaks residence with the Williams Tower standing tall in the west. The Williams Tower (formerly the Transco Tower) is located adjacent to the Galleria Mall in the Uptown District of Houston, Texas. It was designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects, and erected in 1983. The tower is among Houston’s most visible buildings. The building is the 4th-tallest in Texas, the 22nd-tallest in the United States, and the 102th-tallest building in the world. (Info source – Wikipedia)
This new roof installation in Grapevine, Texas featuring GAF Timberline Ultra HD (Slate) was topped off with SquirrelGard™ to protect the new lead jack flashings. The old flashings had been gnawed down to a nub. Now the squirrels will have to go the neighbors roof to file their teeth!
Installation of SquirrelGard™
- Slide the SquirrelGard™ over the jack to confirm proper fit. The SquirrelGard™ should fit snuggly to the base of the lead jack flashing. If it does not fit properly, remove the SquirrelGard™ and hammer to gently reshape the lead jack in order to ensure a proper fit. Remove the SquirrelGard™ from the vent.
- Install the Base Screen around the base of the vent and lead jack flashing. Open the pre-cut center opening of the Base Screen and slide over the vent. (Excess Screen can be trimmed with wire snipers to cover only the exposed base of the lead jack flashing.)
- Apply a bead of caulk down the side of the lead jack flashing. Then, apply a bead of caulk around the lip of the lead jack. (The caulk will adhere the SquirrelGard™ to the vent in order to prevent ‘rattling’ during high wind storms and accidental removal.)
- Slide the SquirrelGard™ over the vent/flashing. Apply spray paint to SquirrelGard™, if not pre-painted. You’re done! It’s as simple as that!
SquirrelGard™ Tip for Best Results: Paint the SquirrelGard™ and Base Screen to match/blend with the roofing system before installing. Allow to dry as necessary.
Lead jack flashing is commonly used to cover plumbing vents in residential and commercial construction, the plumbing vent stack (usually comprised of galvanized pipe or PVC tubing) extending up through the plywood or roof decking and the lead jack being fitted over the vent stack with the shingles overlapping the flashing around the vent. After the lead is fitted over the vent stack and secured to the roofing deck, the tubular portion, having a length substantially longer than that of the protruding vent stack, is manually hammered and forced over the digital end of the vent stack and down into the vent to effect a weatherproof seal against wind and rain entering the building around the vent stack. Lead jacks are so well known and commonly used that they are available from several manufacturers, including Construction Metals, Inc. (Fontana, CA), Santa Rosa Lead (Ontario, CA), F.J. Moore Manufacturing Co. (Cannon Fall, MN), Nuclead Co., Inc./Sharp Manufacturing, Inc. (West Bridgewater, MA), and Mayco Industries, Inc. (Birmingham, AL).
Although lead jack flashings are the premium flashing material for roof vents – a roofing accessory that will last as long as the shingle material -unfortunately, they are a favorite target of squirrels, which gnaw on the lead to wear down their teeth. Other animals may also attack the lead jacks, but squirrels are particularly persistent and so destructive that sooner or later (sometimes as soon as one day) the weatherproofing integrity is substantially comprised. Of course if the lead flashing is chewed sufficiently to form a hole, rainwater will enter the building.
The alternative to lead jack flashing is usually an inferior product that may only last a few years or compromise the venting capabilities of the sewer vent. The ‘auto-caulk’ – a rubber seal attached to a plastic or metal base is often utilized by inferior roofing contractors and builders roofing crews due to the low cost and flexibility of “one size fits most”. Unfortunately due to the ultra-violet rays and extreme heat on the roof, the rubber gaskets deteriorate very quickly (5-7 years) allowing rain water to enter the building. Repairs usually result in an unsightly roof/shingle repair or a continuous caulking of the rubber vent flashings – a problem on the dangerous roof slopes.
Another alternative, often utilized when squirrel damage was previously detected, is the Tapered Roof Jack with Vent Cap. This vent flashing is typically galvanized or aluminum in material and come in various pitch sizes in multiples of three. For example, a vent designed for a 4/12 pitch is also used on 3/12 pitch and 5/12 pitch, meaning only a one in three chance that the vent will be sitting perpendicular to the ground. If the appearance of the roofing system is important, then the incorrect pitch can make an otherwise attractive roof look poorly executed. These vents are also easy prey for squirrels and other critters to enter, build their nest inside the vent and often times access the attic of a home. The tapered roof jack vent cap has a higher probability of leaking in wind driven rain storms than the other available flashings. Another detriment of the tapered roof jack with vent cap is that in the instance where a plumber needs to ‘snake’ a clogged drain, the vent must be removed which can violate the roofing shingles and cause future leaks or unsightly roof repairs.
Lead jack flashing seems to ‘win out’ on premium roof installations for the highest quality and longest lasting vent flashing with the one exception of squirrel damage. When protected by the new patent pending SquirrelGard™ the lead flashing becomes the hands down best alternative for flashing plumbing vent stacks on the roof.
- An unintended, but equally important benefit of SquirrelGard™ – the prevention of frozen plumbing vent pipes on the roof. A recent order of SquirrelGard™ was shipped to Janesville, Wisconsin to do just that, in addition to guarding the lead flashings from squirrel damage.
SquirrelGard™ frost-proofing a plumbing vent.
During serious cold spells in the northern climates, often plumbing vents on the roof can become frozen and filled with ice and snow preventing proper venting of plumbing fixtures. Build-up of snow and hoarfrost can cause a build-up of ice inside a vent stack. This can result in not only a sewer smell in your home, but a clogged vent will cause toilets to gurgle and drains to run slow. At times, even the toilets will not flush. In extreme cases, the vent stack pipe can actually become filled with ice – expand, and burst – the pipe then requiring repair or replacement.
SquirrelGard™ when installed properly will provide an air space to surround the lead flashings on a plumbing vent, as well as, a cap to prevent moisture from entering the vent pipe. SquirrelGard™ features a stainless steel screen at the top of the protective sleeve that prevents anything from entering the vent stack, yet providing for maximum expulsion of sewer gases. SquirrelGard™ can always be easily removed from a vent stack in the event a plumber needs to “snake” a clogged drain without damaging the roofing system.
SquirrelGard™ was designed for use only with premium lead pipe flashings.
A DFW Roofer was recently called out for a leaking roof and discovered the auto-caulk (rubber) pipe flashings were all damaged, deteriorated, cracked and rain water was leaking around the plumbing vent stacks that penetrate through the roof. The roofing contractor very dutifully replaced the rubber auto-caulk flashings. Problem solved?
The roofing contractor then replaced the vent stack flashings with lead pipe flashings. And, to assure the lead jacks are well guarded from the gnawing, ever-growing teeth of the industrious pesky squirrels, SquirrelGard™ was installed to guard and protect the lead pipe flashings on every vent stack.
With premium lead pipe flashings to protect the home from water damage and SquirrelGard™ to protect and guard the lead flashings from the Squirrels, the problem is solved.