Sealing outdoor direct vent pipe joint


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Old 03-20-17, 04:29 PM
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Sealing outdoor direct vent pipe joint

Hi everyone,

Hoping for some advice. From troubleshooting a roof leak, we found that the culprit is most likely cracks in the sealant used for what I think is a connection between a direct vent pipe that extends from the gas fireplace in the topmost unit of our condo building, and the elbow pipe that its connected to. We need to replace the sealant but on closer inspection it looks like they used some kind of latex-based sealant first, followed by a silicone sealant on top. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use an RTV High-Temp silicone sealant, but any ideas on what kind of latex sealant I should use underneath? Is it even necessary? Images attached, the second one is showing upside down for some reason. Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Old 03-20-17, 06:37 PM
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There should be a storm collar installed just above the flashing. The storm collar prevents water from running down between the pipe and the flashing.
 
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Old 03-20-17, 10:59 PM
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Thanks for that. Wow I wonder why it wasn't installed in the first place when they built it - it only costs like $10. From what I'm reading I then just seal the top edge of the storm collar against the pipe with the high-temp silicone, is that correct?
 
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Old 03-20-17, 11:18 PM
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Yes.... that is correct. A pretty poor installation job there on the installers part.
 
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Old 03-20-17, 11:31 PM
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I'm wondering if there is a condo association. Normally fixes outside for things like this are their responsibility.
 
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Old 03-21-17, 03:14 AM
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It all depends on the association's bylaws. I've painted some condos where the majority of the exterior maintenance was on the owner and others where the owner did nothing on the exterior. Worth checking into though
 
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Old 03-21-17, 10:15 AM
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We are just a 3-unit condo building so I and the other two tenants are the HOA, hence all this. None of us came into ownership particularly handy so learning as we go. This forum has been great BTW. Thanks for everyone's help!
 
 

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