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Question DetailsAsked on 4/18/2017

where i can find someone in austell ga area to caulk boot

boot was on the roof was not caulked, there is water coming through the master bathroom

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If you want just caulking, a Handyman should be able to do that - but don't count on it lasting very long, as the penetrating pipe moves up and down relative to the boot, causing the caulk to crack and leak.

That being said, a Roofer might be your better bet - because a properly installed pipe jack and boot (the metal flashing part and the rubbear seal or gasket around the pipe) or vent hood (like this -

which is more likely what you have if leak is at the roof penetration for a bathroom fan), usually has zero caulk or roofing tar on it - it slips up under the shingles at the top half of its skirt (so the shingles shed the water coming from uphill down onto the skirt) and the skirt lies on top of the rows of shingles downhill of the roofing penetration to shed the water from uphill and from the vent or boot out onto the downhill shingles - like this image -

If only the rubber boot itself is leaking (right around the pipe) which is commonly the issue with pipe jacks, there are replacement rubber boots available for the common brands that press-fit onto the jack exactly replacing the damaged one - also press-over replacement boots that install right over the top of the existing one - if you are an old guy like me, think of a poodle skirt image. Fits tightly around the pipe with a new boot (the rubber or neoprene seal), and sheds the water out over the existing boot (which nestles up under it) so remains watertight unless water backup from ice damming is able to overtop the existing jack and go down into the damaged boot. Look like this - pretty easy (once you find right size) to DIY or handyman repair.

Either way, while a handyman or HVAC contractor MAY be able to do this repair, es[pecially if doing just a replacement boot, a roofer is the proper contractor if it turns out a retrofit or repair for yours is not feasible for whatever reason and a new jack or vent needs to be installed This generally calls for pulling nails/staples for a couple of rows next to and above the penetration and lifting up a few shingles to get the new pipe boot jack or vent into place like the following image (though usually you can slip it in under old shingles, not have to use new ones like they did). Though the ice and water shield they installed in the slideshow should be a tight fit around the pipe and raised or domed up at the pipe (but not so high as to interfere with the jack slipping down over the pipe) to ensure any water running down under the shingles on top of or under the water barrier cannot follow the pipe down into the house or get through the sheathing penetration. They almost got it right - most installers don't do the ice and water shield at all - just leave a wide open hole there for potential future leakage.

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