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   The hole in the roof where the vent pipe penetrates is usually weatherproofed with a jacket made of lead, called a “boot.” The malleable lead is bent over the pipe rim at the top and slipped under the roofing at the base. Unfortunately, because lead has a sweet taste, squirrels love to chew them up and one the defects we regularly in our home inspection reports is a “squirrel-damaged pipe boot,” like in the photo below. When the wrap of lead over the rim is chewed away, rain can come down the outside of the pipe into the attic. It’s usually not enough to do major damage, but will cause staining and rot at the roof sheathing over time.


Some roofers tie aluminum around the the lead boot for protection from squirrels, and we know homeowners that surround them in chicken-wire. But the most elegant solution is the one shown at the top of the page, which we are seeing more often now on new roofs in Gainesville.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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