How to Install Pipe Roof Jacks

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Pipe roof jacks are installed over the pipes coming out of the top of a roof that lead from the kitchen or bathroom. They slide over top of the pipe and can be installed quickly. They help seal the roof and prevent leakage. No matter if the roof is made of shingles or metal, these jacks are necessary to help keep water out of the house. They come with a vent cap to protect from rain and snow and are relatively easy to install.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe roof jack
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Ladder
  • Climb a ladder up to the roof and locate the pipe that is sticking up. Peel back the shingles around the pipe to make room for the pipe roof jack to fit over top of the pipe. Make sure the base has enough room to sit flat. Clean the area underneath the shingles if necessary to remove any dirt or debris.

  • Run a bead of caulk under the base of the pipe roof jack. Apply the caulk around the entire base. Slide the pipe roof jack over the pipe and press it down firmly on the roof so the caulk can adhere.

  • Flip the vent around on the pipe so it is pointing toward the downslope of the roof. Hammer roofing nails around the base of the pipe roof jack to further secure it to the roof. Apply another bead of caulk around the outside along the base to seal up any gaps or cracks that may remain.

  • Put the shingles back over top of the base of the pipe roof jack and nail them to the roof with roofing nails so they are secure over the base of the roof jack. Clean up the area around the pipe and make sure there are no nails or other supplies around. Inspect the pipe to make sure it is sealed properly and check the vent at the top to verify that it is opening and closing correctly. Climb back down the ladder carefully upon completion.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always be careful when working with a ladder. Make sure it is on stable ground when in use and remains steady at all times.

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