Just about every home has one or two vent pipes sticking out of the roof. When someone flushes the toilet in your home, a vent pipe helps to push air down the pipes to create venting so that the water can easily be pushed all the way down into your septic system. The only problem with these vent pipes is there are times when animals can clog them or debris can get into them. A great way to make sure that animals do not build nests in the pipes and that the debris does not collect in them is to add a curved end to a pipe. The guide below walks you through the process of adding an elbow pipe to the vent pipes coming through your roof.
Measure the Pipes
The first thing you need to do is measure the pipes. You need to know how wide they are so that you can purchase a curved pipe to put on top of them to keep things from collecting inside of them. Pipes are measured by their diameter. It is best to take a piece of string up onto the roof, wrap it around each pipe, and make a mark so that you can know exactly how many inches around the pipe is.
Purchase Elbow Pipes to Add to the Vent Pipes
You then need to go to a home improvement store and purchase a 180-degree elbow pipe to add to the end of the vent pipe. Be sure to take the string with you so that you can check to see if the elbow pipes you purchase are the right size for the pipes that you need to add them to your roof. Most of the pipes that stick out of roofs are made from PVC piping. You need to be sure to choose the elbows that are also made from PVC so that you have an accurate fit when you are done. You also want to choose pipes that have hubs built onto the end of them. The hubs will look like small rings that are slightly larger than the diameter of the pipe and built onto either end of the piece.
Attach the 180-Degree Elbows
Once you are ready to attach the elbows to the vent pipes, you need to use piping cement to make sure that they adhere properly. Piping cement typically has a purple color to it. When you go to use it, you simply unscrew the top and there will be a wand connected to the lid. Rub the cement around the inside of one of the rings on the end of the elbow pipe. You can then place the pipe directly onto the vent pipe. Turn it a few times to ensure that the cement spreads evenly. Hold it in place for 20 to 30 seconds to ensure that the cement has time to dry. Repeat the process for the other vent pipe on top of your roof.
If this process seems too difficult for you to be able to do on your own you can always hire a roofing company like Stevens Roofing Corporation to take care of it for you. It will not take very long for a professional roofer to get the job done because they will have all the necessary training and tools available to them immediately.