When is a Vent Boot Not a Vent Boot? Let's Ask the Atlanta Home Inspector.

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Atlanta home inspector.      There is nothing quite as soothing as raindrops on a tin roof. Perfect weather, perfect ambiance, all that’s needed is a good book. Unless, of course the tin roof leaks. Then, all you need are several buckets. 

tin roof leaky boot


 At this recent inspection, the Atlanta home inspector found an exposed vent boot. Gaping as it is, you could safely rename it a funnel. 












 tin roof Unfortunately, the damage can go unnoticed for years. The water that travels down the exposed plumbing vent follows the vent pipe inside of the home. This means that water can retain behind walls and in ceilings causing structural damage and promoting mold/mildew growth.

ceiling water stain 

You might be wondering why the vent is installed in the first place, if it is destined to become a water conduit. The reasoning of the vent boot, is simple. It is installed to allow air pressure to push waste water from your kitchen and bathroom into the sewer system. What happens, is that over time, the boot suffers wear and tear from the elements, allowing water to enter into the home.  There are protective coverings available, which will aid in the prevention of future leaks.

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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Looks more like the caulking and secondary caulking around the boot, than the boot itself being the problem. I see two problems there.

1 The boot is not flashed. Caulk is being used as the primary sealant and water diverter. No matter how well done or how good the caulk, this is a maintenance intensive installation that is going to leak - always.

2 Caulk has been applied or reapplied over existing caulking. You have to remove the old caulk before redoing it. Any caulk spread over the existing caulk is mostly going to be a thin smear and will dry out and fail rapidly. Again, this is going to happen every time. Better caulk may last a month or two longer but it well fail.

Aug 09, 2011 03:49 AM #1
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

I agree with Robert:  when you expect caulk to be your primary seal, not good news!

I don't know how many times we've seen things very similar to this.  All caulked up, and no place to go!

And the bad part is, we have to clean/scrape the caulk off of the vent pipe before installing the new one, or it won't fit tight!

Aug 09, 2011 11:08 AM #2
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

David and Bonnie: I wish you lived near me! Thank you for this information. And I bet those who do will also be happy for the "local vendors" list. Oh, and Russel sent me and glad he did.

Aug 21, 2011 10:02 AM #3
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