Roof leaks: Is your boot cover causing roof leaks?

author: Mike Larsen
date: June 26, 2021

When it comes to your roof your boot cover is the most common cause of roof leaks. A boot cover is put on at the bottom of the pipe coming through the roof. This pipe is used to exhaust fumes from your bathroom. A lot of times when a new roof is put on a house a cheap boot cover is put on that never lasts as long as the shingles. This boot cover starts to crack leaving open holes around the pipe. This is now a leak coming into your attic. Most people don’t realize they have a leak until it has been there for quite some time. If you see damage to your drywall ceiling below the pipe it may be because it has been leaking for quite some time.

If your roof is more than 10 years old make sure you have the boot covers checked for any cracks then have the boot covers replaced with new ones. When replacing them make sure they are done by a professional. If not done right, you could just be causing another leak.