Vent Pipe Leak


Roof Inspections are important… Piping that travels up through your attic and out through your roof can spring leaks, which leads to excess moisture. Over time, this added moisture creates structural instabilities and allows mold and mildew to grow in your attic.

If you’ve’ve noticed a roof leak originating in this piping, or you’ve noticed gaps between the pipes and roof surface when inspecting your rooftop, it must be promptly addressed in order to prevent costly problems down the road. Roofing inspections are important.  In Richmond, Virginia we have swings in weather and temperatures and those extrem high and low temperatures take a toll on roofs and vents.

How Vent Pipe Leaks Start

The pipes that exit through your roof are secured by flanges, which are typically made of metal or rubber. As they age, these flanges degrade, creating gaps that allow water to leak in through your roof. If this is the source of the problem, you will need to replace these flanges to restore your roof’s water tightness.

In other cases, the problem doesn’t arise from the flanges, but from the pipes themselves. This requires a more complex fix. Corrosion and cracks in vent pipes allow water to drip out, and this water collects on the floor of your attic. Eventually, moisture seeps through to the adjoining ceiling. To repair this problem, corroded or cracked pipes must be replaced—which is a job that requires advanced plumbing skills.  It is important to identify problems like this before it causes bigger problems quickly.

Over time, a little wear and tear is a natural process. Some people notice it on the tennis court and others shortly after buying a new car.

It should come as no surprise that the some effects are at work on the structures we construct, whether they’re skyscrapers industrial buildings or even our homes.

After years of exposure to sun, wind and rain, systems in a home can wear out, dry up, and peel away. A periodic home inspection can help identify these and other signs of stress and deterioration in a home, helping homeowners address problems at an earlier stage.

For this reason, home inspections can be considered part of a regular and on—going home maintenance plan. The inspector can point out repair problems that need or will soon need to he addressed, as well as possible safety issues that homeowners need to consider. For example a small water stain detected by a home inspector new is much easier to attend to than a major leak and extensive damage found later:

What are some of those other “small” items that a home inspector may detect? Because of the thoroughness of their examination, home inspectors may spot caulking that has separated or dried out from sun, climate damage or age. They may find window seals that leak, compromised roof flashing defective or missing ground-fault interrupters, siding issues or tuck—pointing problems. The list goes on, because of the extensive nature of a home inspection checklist.

A home inspection will include an examination of these systems:

Heating and air conditioning systems Plumbing

Electrical systems

Roof, attic, and visible insulation

Walls, ceilings, and floors

Windows and doors

Foundation structural components

In addition the exterior home site, building foundation, insulation quality, garage and interior condition of the home will be reviewed and inspected.

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