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Brand-new stack boots-- that leak!
Brand-new stack boots-- that leak!
11/8/2015 9:20:37 PM
 "Plumbing stacks" are the vertical pipes coming out of the roof that vent gases that collect in the plumbing system to the outside.  These gases are flammable and not pleasant to smell, so it's important that they have a means of escaping.  "Stack boots" are the metal and rubber assemblies that allow the stacks to pass through the roof.

In this case, the roofing installer used the wrong-sized stack boot.  The rubber seal (which was cut with a knife in numerous places to allow the stack to fit through it) absolutely MUST fit snugly around the stack or rain will enter, run down the stack into the house, and cause damage.  This cannot be rectified with tar.  We recommended the stack boot be replaced.
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