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Old 01-03-2011, 09:23 PM   #16
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I had a similar problem during the recent blizzard in the NY/NJ area. I've been in my house for 2 years now (it's new construction) without incident, but during the blizzard, a leak developed in an upstairs bathroom. Water was coming from the outside of the exhaust vent pipe. Went into the attic and found some snow had gotten in near that pipe and was melting. We had wind gusting over 50 mph, so it's probably a freak occurrence, but I would still like to fix the problem. Had 4 different roofers take a look and got 4 different "answers". One blamed the cobra vent on the ridge line (after walking the inside of the attic), one blamed a missing screen on the roof vent cap (after walking the roof), one claimed the rubber boot around the pipe was installed on top of the shingles instead of under them (claimed he could tell from the ground; he didn't get up on the roof), and one didn't have any idea how the snow got in (he walked the roof and the attic). How can I tell who is real and who is full of crap?
As painful as it sounds, do what I did. Check after every rainstorm and bring your camera. Check the insulation directly below the opening. Be lucky it's not the summer time.

When you first found the leak and climbed around the attic, you should have taken pictures.

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Thanks. A co-worker had the same recommendation. Makes sense. I don't want to pay for a fix that doesn't fix the problem. The good news is that it wasn't a big leak that could cause a major problem.
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Thanks. A co-worker had the same recommendation. Makes sense. I don't want to pay for a fix that doesn't fix the problem. The good news is that it wasn't a big leak that could cause a major problem.
Another thing that you may want to consider is putting a shallow pan inside a shallow box and lay it on top of the insulation directly below the boot.
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Make sure to use the "Ultimate Pipe Flashing", it's warrantied for the life of your roofing. That way, you won't be doing this again in 3-6 years. Costs more, but worth it.
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Another possible solution...

http://www.permabootstore.com/

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