Leaky Roof? Check Around The Vent Pipe!

Leaky Roof? Check Around The Vent Pipe!


Our home has a new roof so when my wife spotted a leak in the laundry room we were both shocked and worried. Hadn’t the roofers done a good job in removing the old roof and shingling on a new roof? Naturally, I was concerned and decided to climb up on top of the house to investigate. Fortunately, the roof was fine but the problem was found in the area of one of our vent pipes.

As it turns out, the boot surrounding one of our three vent pipes was split, probably breaking when an overhanging branch broke off, landed on it and cracked it open. I’ll not only be fixing the roof, but I’ll be trimming some branches too.

A Temporary Fix

Because the weather was so nasty, I performed a temporary fix before waiting for drier conditions to address the problem. It isn’t 100% leak proof, but what I did do was to take a plastic bag and placed it over the pipe, pulling it down to let the vent pipe push through. I tucked the bag underneath the flange until I could get to the store for a replacement part. Fortunately, the wind was relatively calm and the bag has stayed in place.

I have some of the tools which will allow me to get the job done, borrowing a hook blade knife from a neighbor to lift shingles up in order to remove the flange and broken boot. For a visual example of this work, the following YouTube video can be immensely helpful:

As you can see, the job doesn’t take a long time to complete, but you must have the right tools to successfully accomplish the task. I’ll visit my local Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Ace Hardware store for a new roof pipe boot, but if they don’t have what I want, I’ll go to my local roofing supplier.

Of course, if you hate to climb on top of your roof or aren’t sure that you’re doing the job right, then call in a professional roofer to get the job done.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".