How to Caulk Rubber Sleeve Pipe Flashing on a Roof How to Caulk Rubber Sleeve Pipe Flashing on a Roof
Pipes that go through ones roof should be equipped with pipe flashing. Such is often done in order to ensure that leaks are fully covered or junctions in between pipes will not create future problems for the homeowners, such as damaged planks or plywood due to accumulation of water, electrical faulting due to penetration of rats, and other related problems. Added protective feature on the pipe flashing can be obtained through addition of caulks on seams created between the pipes and the flashing. Aside from ensuring prevention of holes, it also drives away animals and water from penetrating the pipes and eventually destroying more important components such as under wirings. Learning how to caulk your flashed pipes will help you achieve and enjoy such protection. This is also quite an easy task that every adult can accomplish. Also, this activity will not take so much time to finish such that even individuals with busy schedules can still perform the task and the need to hire someone to do it will not be considered anymore. Here are easy to follow steps for you to achieve this.
Step 1 – Preparing the Pipes for Caulking
Before applying anything or putting on caulks on the flashed pipes, make sure that the area you are going to work on is clean and devoid of anything that may interfere with the activity. Pick up any debris or leaves that may have accumulated over time in the area. Finish off by wiping the dirt along the flashed pipes using clean rags. Pipe surfaces that are clean will not only make work easier and faster but it will also ensure that the caulks are placed on appropriate areas and can stick well to the flashed pipes.
Step 2 – Preparation of the Caulking Gun
For the caulks to be efficiently placed on the flashed pipes, it has to be inserted on the caulk gun. Prior to insertion of the caulks, empty out the gutter and flashing sealant into the caulk gun. Once done, insert the caulk into the gun before pulling the handle of the caulk gun back. Using a knife, make a cut on the tip of the inserted caulk. This will help during application of the caulks.
Step 3 – Application of Caulk on the Flashed Pipes
Prior to application of the caulk around the pipe seam, make sure that the area is dry. Aside from dirt, watery surfaces will also interfere with the results of caulking. Locate the seams that connect one pipe and its flashing then direct the tip of the inserted caulk to this spot. Apply the caulk around the seam of the tube by pulling the trigger and moving the caulk gun around the entire pipe. Make sure that every spot is covered with caulk before releasing the trigger. Using your clean finger spread the caulk around the seam for better coverage and to ensure that the seals are well covered. Leave the application until it is fully dried.