Could the plumbing vent boots be the source of your leak problems? Here’s how to find out and how to fix them.

Check the Boot

Your plumbing vent may come in three different forms:

  • Plastic
  • Two-piece metal fixtures
  • Plastic and metal

The base of plastic vent boots is susceptible to cracking, while metal bases sometimes break at the seams. You should also take a good look at the rubber that surrounds the pipe to see if it’s still in good condition.

The Fix

If the boots are the problem, simply purchase a new one to replace it. If the nails around the boot are the problem, use rubber-washed screws to replace those instead.