A roof leak never starts as a major problem but imagine if water can create the Grand Canyon, what kind of damage it can do your roof, and eventually other areas of your home. Leaks occur most commonly where pipes, vents, skylights, and chimneys break through the surface of the roofing material. When trying to pinpoint the source of a roof leak, you’ll need to examine your vent pipes.
At A Clark Roofing and Siding LP, we understand that your Edmonton roof is your home’s first defense against harsh weather, and that avoiding a minor problem now can lead to leaks, rot, and other serious damages. While it might be easy to say don’t break through the surface of the roofing material, the reality is that they are essential to the health and well-being of your home. A properly ventilated roof creates a balance between air intake and air exhaust. Without proper attic ventilation, numerous problems can arise and the lifetime of your roof may be significantly shortened. Hence, maintaining a healthy vent system is critical to your roof’s health.
Vent pipes allow gases to safely exit your home. The gases originate in bathrooms and kitchens, travel up through the venting pipe, and exit the home where the pipe empties above the roof. With these plumbing vents, the rubber gasket that surrounds the pipe weathers and deteriorates leading to leaks.
Occasionally, vent pipe leaks can occur at the collar surrounding the base of the vent pipe. These collars consist of a metal base, generally made out of aluminum, and a rubber boot integrated into the top of the collar. The collar’s job is to create a tight seal, keeping rainwater and debris from getting into your attic. Rusty and cracked vent pipe collars around their base allow the water to first pool around, and then seep through the interior walls of your home.
Over time, through exposure to the sun and harsh weather, the rubber boot may wear out and deteriorate or split. If the rubber boot collar is cracked or damaged, it will need to be replaced. These are often the fixes that homeowners throw temporary fixes at like Duct tape, caulking, and even roofing cement. However, most of these easy fixes do not work, fail quickly, and often amplify the problem.
While you can attempt to repair it yourself, better yet, hire an Edmonton roofer who can guarantee their workmanship and install warrantied parts by leading manufacturers like A Clark Roofing and Siding LP. We are proud to serve residents in Edmonton, St. Albert, or Sherwood Park and provide free estimates, expert craftsmanship and professionalism, and prompt attention to all of your service or repair needs. No job is too big or too small and insurance claims and condominium associations are always welcome. Contact A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP at 780.465.7571 today for a free written quote or to answer any questions regarding roof repairs or our services.