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Question DetailsAsked on 5/17/2017

Because a hole was made in soffit where siding meets, can a leak in ceiling of bedroom be created?

Siding was added to my home 3 weeks ago. At the top where the soffit meets the siding is now a visible hole 1" diameter. I now see a small amount of leakage from the same spot of my interior ceiling (the right angle of the soffit -hole-and the siding.

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Can't see how - the soffit lies under the rafters like this -

So for water to get in there through the hole, at the interface of the soffit and the siding, it would have to get in under the roof overhang and then up into the hole - quite a trick, unless you have a kid who was aiming at it with a hose or squirt gun.

Other possibility - hole (maybe drilled, maybe chewed - should be able to see with a ladder or binoculars) became access for squirrels or such and the leak you see is urine.

If just staining, not actually a "leak" could also be honey seepage from a bees nest.

Assuming you don't know how or when the hole got there, if not chewed, I would guess someone (previous owner ?) drilled hole to check to see if they could find the source of the same leak and evidently failed to find it, or at least did not fix it.

For a leak there, would almost certainly have to be from a roof leak, from melting of condensation frost in the attic (at end of winter or during winter thaws), or from a leaking water source in the attic itself - water heater, air conditioner evaporator coil drain p[an/tube, water pipe (awful rare in attics except in never-freeze areas), etc.

Obviously, for protection against insects and rodents and water getting in there when the siding is washed, the hole should be plugged - best done with wire mesh first to prevent rodent chewing through, then plugged over with exterior wood putty or plastic wood or such, because if rodents were getting in there they tend to go back to the same entrance, so if you block it off they try to chew back in. And of course, if rodent entry, you need to be sure they are out before plugging it and that there are no babies left in a nest or such, and if insects that there is no nest or honeycomb or such left - Animal Removal and Pest Control/Exterminating are the two Angies List Search the List categories related to that type of situation.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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