CRITTER QUITTER VENT PIPE COVER

  • Price $25.00 EACH
  • Reg Price $30.00

Vent Repair – What Is A Critter Quitter® and How Does It Work?

Critter Quitter Vent Repair

Critter Quitter Vent Repair.  Small will fit up to a 3" vent pipe, and the Large will fit a 4" vent pipe.

Unlike other products that are either screens or guards that just cover the vent to keep squirrels away, the Critter Quitter® has a patent pending design that takes the rain water and directs it into the vent and out the house drain, thus keeping the area between the outside of the pipe and the damaged flashing from becoming wet.  This stops further leakage into the plywood base, which is called decking in roofer language,  and thus further damage.  Its outside shell protects the vent from squirrels, and it’s an attractive addition to any roof. It doesn’t require any modification to the existing flashing so it can be used on new or damaged vents.  They are easy to install with 4 screws, and come in a standard pitch that will fit most homes. 

Do You Get Frogs, Rats Or Snakes In Your Toilet?

Have you ever heard of a frog, rat, or snake getting into your toilet or sink?  It happens.  In fact it happened to me.  My wife was screaming about a frog in the toilet, and sure enough a giant tree frog was in there.  Later on, my father in law called and said he had a rat in his toilet. Now frogs are bad enough, but rats are dangerous and can both bite and spread disease, plus if they get loose in your house they are hard to catch.

Apparently, the vents are a major way these animals get into the house.  They either jump in or crawl in.  Once heading down they can’t turn around, and they fall into your homes drainage system.  They will swim through the toilet or sink trap and end up in your house.

Critter Quitters® come with a screened inlet that keeps these pests out of your home, and thus out of your plumbing.  So you need not worry about any animals being where they shouldn’t be.  Plus the screened inlet will keep leaves and other debris out of the vent, so it cannot become plugged and slow or stop your sink or toilets from working properly.

 

Can Critter Quitters® Be Used On New Roofs?

Absolutely.  In fact it’s the best time to install them as the vents will not require repair.  They don’t require any flashing trimming or modification, so they can be installed and protect your vents from potential squirrel attack and keep animals out of the plumbing.

Also as a side benefit, since the vent is protected from the sunlight and the elements, lead oxidation is reduced, and thus roof stains are eliminated.  So no more unsightly gray runs down your shingles making the roof look far older than it is.

 

Are Critter Quitters® Easy To Install?

Yes, all it takes is a screw driver.  Each unit has 4 screws that hold it in place by passing through the lead flashing and biting into the pipe. This provides a firm mount.  The average time to install is about 15 minutes per unit, and you don’t have to pull up shingles or cut the flashing.  Simply cut the unit to fit, slide it over the damaged flashing and put the screws in place.  Its an easy vent repair vs. an expensive vent flashing replacement.

Critter Quitters® come with 3, 6, 9, and 12 pitch guide lines built in. (In degrees this is 14, 26, 37, and 45.) This makes cutting a Critter Quitter® to fit your roof easy by simply following the nearest pitch line when cutting.

To fit your Critter Quitter®, simply follow these instructions. You will need a tape measure or ruler, and a sawPlace the unit on your vent with the pitch lines heading toward the back of the unit to follow your roof.

  1. Place the unit on your vent with the pitch lines heading toward the back of the unit to follow your roof.
  2. Measure the gap between the bottom of the front of the unit and the roof.
  3. Measure that same distance on the back of the unit and mark that distance.
  4. Cut to the nearest pitch line, or use the line as a guide to cut in-between lines.

lines           They are 14" tall

Installing A Critter Quitter®

  1. After you have cut your Critter Quitter® to fit your roof install the four screws into the unit prior to climbing to your roof. These need to be in holes evenly around the unit. Also note that the two rows of holes in the back of the unit are higher than the front. This allows for roof interference of your screw driver. You can use the lower holes if you have a short vent or either of the two rows if your vent is tall enough.
  2. Place the Critter Quitter® over the vent and flashing. 3 and 4 inch flashing will fit snugly and may require some gentle shaping of the soft lead flashing to get it into the unit. The small 2 ½ inch flashing will require you to set the unit over the vent and work the screws in evenly to allow adjustment of the Critter Quitter® so that is directly centered over the vent inlet.
  3. Tighten the screws using a manual or electric driver evenly. They are self tapping, so they will draw themselves into the vent pipe. Continue to tighten until the screws are all the way in. Make sure you put some pressure on the screw as you tighten it so that it will pull itself into the vent material. NOTE: The material of a Critter Quitter® will strip easily; it’s only designed to guide the screw through the flashing and into the vent. So take care not to over tighten.
  4. Each Critter Quitter® has dimples that run the length of the unit. These indicate where the unit is thick enough if another hole location is needed or the hole strips out. Simply drill a 1/8 inch hole at the appropriate dimple and install your screw.
  5. Confirm that your unit is over the inlet to the vent and your installation is complete.