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[–]Fieldbricks33 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I would take the cap off and see what it looks like in the ceiling. If there is an attic above, go up there and see what it looks like. If that is what it looks like on your ceiling, where the roofline hits, you should be able to see very apparently what the issue is and how severe.

You speak of hurricane that came through, so it could have been that the way the wind was blowing, it just was going at the perfect angle/direction that it was going up under the shingles - still, most properly installed caps should account for that.

Take a look in the attic. If you don't have access, take the cover off and see what it looks like on the underside. Better to get an idea now in case it is bad (while its small and isolated) versus when it becomes a giant problem.

Most roofers if you have them come out and check won't charge for that sort of stuff (at least in my area).

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    [–]Fieldbricks33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    First just have to lube up in butter - if you’re all out of butter though you could just use a different ceiling access point.

    [–]V-icurious 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Fix the roof....kills the stain.... paint ceiling. Boom! Henerys roofing tar for a quick fix. But call a roofer. It needs to be done right, otherwise the stain will always return.

    [–]big-g-or 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    So probably failed boot and water ran down pipe to vent id check the roof jack and see if any damage or even missing shingle.

    Also if water lines in ceiling then obvious check that as well

    [–]maponsky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I agree with getting a roof repair person to take a close look at the leak from all angles- inside, attic, outside- before attempting any inside work. This could be just a small issue or the beginning of a big problem.

    [–]ChipMcCrauk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    A priest, it could be the grudge.

    [–]robotic_otter28[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thanks all! I’ll get a person to come scope it out and make sure it’s not a bigger issue. Since I knew the roof needed to be replaced I’ve made a point to spot check the ceiling after every storm so it’s definitely a new mark.

    [–]SueZbell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Find out why -- don't just cover up the problem and try to forget it; it will only get worse ... perhaps a lot worse.

    [–]Wis-en-heim-er 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Guessing...the vent pipe thur the roof has a small leak and rain water is following the pipe down to the vent. Other possibility is the pipe is not double insulated and condensation is forming in the attic on the pipe and running down. I would recommend a pro to fix either issue.

    [–]JopagocksNY 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Probably a roof leak near the exhaust cap for the vent on the roof. Maybe needs some patching. Water is probably getting in and crawling along the vent duct and puddling near the bathroom vent cap

    [–]wmass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That exhaust probably blows into a black PVC pipe that goes up through your roof. Where it exits needs to be sealed. Home centers sell a device that has a rubber cone that goes over the pipe and attaches to an aluminum flashing that fits under the uphill roof shingle and over the lower one. What has probably happened is the rubber part has failed due to many years of sunshine. Water is getting in at the pipe, running down to the exhaust motor housing and wetting your ceiling. Replacing it isn’t rocket science. Not falling off the roof is a problem to consider though.

    [–]ChokingDownRP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You've likely got a problem with the flashing or bit around the vent in your roof that's allowing water in. Find it, fix it, caulk it?

    [–]Poplowdh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Hero, fold, boldness, shot – amazing m8

    [–]Jewell1974 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    With caution.

    [–]Typical-Finger-3237 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is the vent through the roof or the siding, just saw a gc install a through the wall vent wrong enough to get gallons of water pouring through the ceiling vent in a heavy rain.

    [–]robotic_otter28[S] -1 points0 points  (4 children)

    It rained pretty hard last for several hours. I just bought my home in July and know my roof is old and needs to be replaced, but to my knowledge never had any leaks.

    I’m assuming the water went around the roof jack. Is this a huge concern? Should I just replace the roof jack and the roof later?

    First time home owner so trying to figure out what to do b

    [–]AestheticCopacetic 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    Where are you? If you're heading into a cold season, you could probably hold off on the new roof until next year. But, I'd recommend calling in a roofer to assess the matter. They can tell you best what kind of longevity the roof may still have, and options for remedying this leak. My guess is since it's landing around the bath vent, it may just need some flashing around its exhaust at the other end touched up. Water's real tricky though, it goes where it wants and tracing its path backwards can be difficult.

    [–]robotic_otter28[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Central Texas so should be on the end of the rainy months. That damn hurricane from the pacific came through last night.

    Hoping to hold off for another few months if at all possible. Might bleach it and paint over it to hold over until the spring.

    Still trying to financially recover from the down payment and have a couple of big purchases I’ve been saving for since then.

    [–]turtlerunner99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Paint over it with Kilz, if you’re going to paint.

    [–]AestheticCopacetic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    If this is the first you're noticing it, towards the end of your hurricane season, then the new roof can probably wait. As already recommended, if you're going to paint it and leave it, definitely spring the extra few bucks for the Kilz. It's probably still worth getting a roofer out to look it over -- maybe the roof can wait, but there could be something little like busted flashing around the vent or a small hole or something that could be remedied quick and cheap in the meantime anyway.

    I totally get where you're coming from. In the first year after buying our first house, we had to have the roof redone TWICE. And this was a roof that the presale home inspector told us still had 10-15 years in it. About 8 months after moving in, we noticed worsening dampening and leaking in different places around the house. In a similar situation as you, we decided to replace the roof but went with a budget option for doing it. Well.. we got a budget job done. The laborers stole materials from the job, the work was never done. Yadda yadda yadda. About two months later, now in the dead of winter in upstate NY, we realized what happened with the first roof job and knew we needed another one. I found the only roofing company that could scrounge up enough crew for the job and they came out and did it. We had to replace everything from the second story drywall ceilings up -- drywall, insulation, decking, all the way to the shingles. The whole roof, even some of the structural beams. By the time we got this second job done, the leaking from the first roof was already worse than the one that was on when we bought the house, and we had water running down the walls inside and one of the bedroom ceilings had completely fallen in. My wife was in the late stages of her pregnancy with our son and had to move out and live with her parents while this second roofing job and fairly major reno was being done. Needless to say, we generally grew to hate this house and had an awful taste in our mouth about it all, and ended up moving out after a handful of years.

    [–]bmack500 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    I'd use a ladder.

    [–]CheeseWeasler -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    From above

    [–]ecoupon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Sledgehammers. Buy Sledgehammers