What You Need To Know About Roofing Pipes & Boots
What are plumbing vent pipes?
Plumbing vent pipes are an important part of your plumbing system. They run up from kitchens and bathrooms and are responsible for safely carrying sewer gases out of your home to keep you from getting sick.
In order to work properly, the vents must be above the plumbing fixtures so they do not fill with water. Also, the gases that escape the vents stink. Placing the vents on your roof, allow for the smelly gases to escape your home while simultaneously keeping the vent pipes from filling with water.
In addition to the rubber boot cracking or loosening over time, the vent pipe can become clogged. If this happens, the gases may become trapped inside your home. It’s important to inspect your vent pipes to insure they stay clear of leaves, debris, or animals.
Your boots may also need attention.
Rubber roof boots surround your plumbing vent pipes. They can deteriorate when exposed to the sun and high temperatures causing them to crack and leave a gap where water can enter the house. Once the boot cracks, water can easily enter into your home by following the vent PVC pipe down. If this happens, ceiling damage is the most likely result; however, mold can also occur.
Unfortunately, the lifespan of your roof is usually longer than that of your roof boots. The neoprene rubber components tend to weather and crack around the 7 year mark, give or take, depending on the exposure your roof has to direct heat and UV rays. Your shingles may be fine, but your roof may still be at risk for developing leaks.
Most residential roofs have between 2 and 4 vent pipes with rubber boots. If one boot cracks, it’s wise to consider replacing all of them while you have a contractor on-hand. Simply put, the others are likely not far behind and you’ll likely save money in the long-run.
Call in the experts.
The best way to be sure your roof boots and pipe vents are clear and functional is to have them inspected regularly by a certified roofing inspector. Premier Roofing co. offers free no-obligation inspections. With more than 15 years of experience, they are Tuscaloosa's most trusted team..
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