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.