If You Have a Leaking Roof Pipe Vent, Get It Fixed

What is a Roof Pipe Vent?

A roof pipe vent in a home allows gases from the structure, particularly from the kitchen and bathrooms, to escape and keep the airflow circulating within. These are a necessary component of any house to keep the building fresh and healthy to inhabit.

At Nelson Contracting, we frequently see these vents become a source of leakages, water damage, mold and roof rot in homes. Most often, this is due to the rubber in the watertight boot degrading and cracking over time, and with exposure to the elements, rainwater entering the home through the roof. If you suspect your pipe vent is leaking, call us today (402) 464-2418.

What Causes a Leaking Roof Pipe Vent?

Roof vents are made of either plastic, metal, a mixture of both or a two-piece metal. They are usually surrounded at the base by a rubber roof pipe boot to keep the area watertight. Degradation over time of any of these materials, or even the nails or sealant used to hold the flashing in place, can expose the area to the elements.

The materials can degrade due to a variety of circumstances: extreme heat, cold or other weather conditions. Very often, however, it’s wear-and-tear over time, making replacement a regular and necessary part of home maintenance. As the leak progresses, it can eventually lead to the damage of the interior structure of the house. This can be unsightly, but more importantly, very unhealthy to live in as mold spores and dampness become introduced to your home and thus, your body.

A leak in a roof pipe vent may be undetectable until it is quite advanced. Therefore, we recommend regular internal checks as a quick and efficient way of determining whether anything is out of place on your roof. Check your attic and first-floor ceilings regularly, or after an extreme weather event, to ensure that there are no damp patches. The earlier you catch the leak, the easier and less costly it will be to repair any damage.

Fixing a Roof Pipe Vent

While it may be tempting to do a quick “patch up” job on your own, we don’t recommend it. Applying caulking around the roof vent is a swift and cost-effective way to reseal the area. However, this will only be a short-term solution and may cause further problems as it prevents proper assessment and repair of the area in the future.

At Nelson Contracting, we take pride in completing repairs to the highest standard, offering long-term results you can trust. If you notice water stains, mold or damp patches appearing in your home, no matter how small, hire professionals to take a look as soon as possible. The earlier you catch it, the more affordable the repairs will be. We can assess your roof fully and ensure that any other underlying issues are evaluated and resolved, leaving your home weather tight and comfortable once again.

Prevent Roof Rot

How to Prevent Roof Rot with These Simple Tips

Prevent Roof Rot

As a homeowner, one of the worst things that can happen to your home is having a rotting roof. Not only is it often expensive to repair, but it can also allow rain or snow to leak in through the ceiling and cause further damage to the interior of your house. Additionally, a rotten roof can lead to more serious complications such as mold or other toxic substances invading your home. If you have an emergency, call Nelson Contracting at (402) 464-2418. Read more

Remove Snow From Roof

The Proper Way To Remove Snow From Your Roof

Remove Snow From Roof

If you live in Nebraska, part of your regular roof maintenance inevitably involves clearing off snow.

Allowing too much heavy snow and ice to accumulate without taking the trouble to remove it can be extremely damaging. In the best scenario, you’ll end up needing to get your roof repaired. Heavy snowfall combined with neglect can cause the whole structure to fail. If this happens, you will need a complete roof replacement.
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Prevent Ice Dam Roof

How to Prevent an Ice Dam on My Roof

Prevent Ice Dam Roof

If you’re a homeowner in an area of the US that sees a lot of snow during the winter, it’s not if but when you’ll experience your first ice dam. This thick buildup of ice begins at the edge of the roof and grows upward toward the ridge, sometimes covering as much as 10 feet of shingles. Read more

Roof Flashing

Why is Roof Flashing Necessary? What Does it Do?

Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is an essential component of your roof. It secures the joints and edges of your roof as well as places where water accumulates like valleys between roof sections. High-quality flashing that is properly installed will direct water away from the vulnerable roofing area and towards the water drainage system.

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Prevent Roof Collapse

Look for These Signs Before a Roof Collapse

Prevent Roof Collapse

Roofs typically deteriorate over time because of their reliance on structural support and exposure to moisture and the elements. If you don’t maintain and care for your property’s roof, eventually, it will collapse.

A roof does not, however, collapse overnight. A collapsing roof is the result of multiple structural issues that develop over time. Long before a roof collapse, it will exhibit warning signs that indicate the need for a repair job. In this post, Nelson Contracting will be discussing the signs that you should look for before a roof collapse.

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Roof Lightning Strike

When Lightning Strikes Your Roof, Here’s What You Do

Roof Lightning Strike

Lightning strikes the earth millions of times per day. A lightning bolt is an electrostatic discharge between a storm cloud and the ground, and it has millions of volts of power. Since lightning strikes are such a common phenomenon, your house may also be struck by lightning at some point.

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Metal Roof Inspection

Why You Should Have Your Roof Inspected

Metal Roof Inspection

Keeping your roof well-maintained is critical to ensuring it keeps you protected for a long time. A roof replacement is one of the most expensive and time-consuming repairs a homeowner ever faces. Just like with your car, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof to keep it in tip-top shape.

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Installing New Roof Tiles

Why You Shouldn’t Work on Your Own Roof

Installing New Roof Tiles

Plenty of homeowners out there pride themselves on keeping and caring for their own house. Some folks love to do all their own landscaping, all their own painting, or even build their own decks and lawn pieces. Plus, all of us like to save a few bucks. However, when it comes to dealing with your roof, there’s just no good excuse for doing things on your own. Read more

Reroofing Your Home

Is Cleaning My Roof Necessary?

Cleaning A Roof

Any proud homeowner wants to keep their most valuable asset looking its best. Whenever your paint starts to chip, or your siding starts to fade, you feel the pressure to call a painter or contractor to come fix it. After all, the neighbors can all see! Read more