In our May blog post, we talked about the common causes of a leaky roof, but there was one cause we didn’t mention: a cracked or deteriorated boot.

Now, you might be wondering what boots have to do with your roof. In the roofing business, a boot, also known as a vent pipe cover, refers to the rubber cover around your vent pipe that helps seal the section of roof around the pipe from water and debris. Every roof has vent pipes that run from a kitchen or bathroom up to the roof to help circulate the air in your plumbing system.

Usually, what causes damage to boots is the natural contraction and expansion roofs go through as the weather changes. As your roof moves, sometimes this causes the boot to crack or come apart from the roof. Boots can also wear out over time from exposure to the sun or from extreme weather. In any case, a cracked boot will allow water to enter into your home and cause damage.

Here are some of the common signs to help you identify a damaged boot:

  • Cracked or peeling wallpaper or paint on the ceilings or walls of your kitchen and/or bathrooms
  • Damaged shingles around your roof’s vent pipes
  • Water marks on ceilings or walls

If you think the leak in your home is being caused by a bad boot, give us a call at (616) 844- 5382.

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