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Old 06-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Drain pipe vermin

I have my gutters drain underground to daylight at the back of my yard. I kept noticing the cap pushed off. I secured it with tape. Found it chewed away. Any idea what might do it? Also. Are there any one-way caps that would allow water out but close when dry, like a dryer vent cap? Or should I drill holes in a metal cap and secure it with sealant (coffee can lid for example). My fear is whatever it is will find it's way up through the gutters and into the attic...
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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My guess would be chipmunks or squirrels, probably after maple helicopters, or the droppings of whatever other trees may be overhanging your eaves trough. Probably not a lot that you can do about it, since they have obviously figured out where their dinner comes from. It seems doubtful that they could climb the inside of the downspouts, even if they wanted to, but, nevertheless, that by itself should not provide them access to your attic.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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A cheap thing to try would be a piece of 1/4 grid galvinized screening and a hose clamp. One I like has a thumb screw on it. It's really made for dryer hoses but it's simple to get off and on with no tools. Lowes has them.
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