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Old 04-16-2012, 12:31 AM   #1
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Roof leak to electrical panel via flashing?


The home I got recently had electrical panel replaced and rewired by the previous owner.

I noticed that during heavy rain (might also depend on direction of rain), that the patched up wall where the electrical panel shows signs of water dampness. See photos.

I think approximately above that panel on the roof is the connector where the utility line feeds to the home, which has a flashing installed by the shingles, though not great handywork (reused existing flashing, not new replacement).

Aside from that, the roof in that area looks ok, if not perfect. Is the utility feed line likely where the rain water has intruded?

What's the best corrective action? Replace with new proper flashing? What would you estimate that to cost hiring a contractor to do it (in northern California)?

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The roof flashing around the pipe is definitely suspect. But the weatherhead might be the culprit. It should shield the SE cable. What happens is that water gets inside the SE cable insulation, which act like a water pipe.

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I'm 90% sure it's that funky roof jack that's leaking.
Your going to have to use a two piece, or a split one to replace it.
It's a roofing 101 job to fix it.
http://www.bestmaterials.com/SearchR...Words=retrokit

Something like one of these.
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Thanks for the feedback. FYI, here's a pic of the weatherhead. I didn't take it while on a ladder so it's not as close up.

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Does the weather head look ok, or bad setup?
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no drip loop and the leader connection looks backwards
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Look at page 6 of this PDF of what it was suppost to look like.

http://www.hilco.coop/Engineering%20...OP%20SPECS.pdf
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I'm 90% sure it's that funky roof jack that's leaking.
Your going to have to use a two piece, or a split one to replace it.
It's a roofing 101 job to fix it.
http://www.bestmaterials.com/SearchR...Words=retrokit

Something like one of these.
Plus 1 on this ^^^^ except I am 99 % sure it is the raised flashing on the bottom allowing rain to blow under it and down the conduit hole. Great link !
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Is wiring the drip loop and the weatherhead typically the owner's responsibility (via hiring electrician, etc.) or is it utility's responsibility?

I guess the flashing part will be the owner's responsibility.
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Depends, In my area the power company does it to the meter.
Going to have to make some calls.
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In my state everything on the electrical service excluding the meter of course, belongs to the homeowner..
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Just wanted to follow up, if I had someone replace the flashing, and maybe the weatherhead, etc.

Would I find a:

* electrician
* roofer
* general contractor

I assume replacing flashing may still require dismantling the weatherhead and then putting it back together depending on how existing/current flashing is installed.

I assume electrician is the proper person to contact but wanted to confirm here.

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