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Old 03-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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They're kind of hard to see in the pic, but if you look closely, there are three of them. We just had a rain and it looks as if water was running from them from the water mark running down the siding. Can anyone tell me what these holes are and is the water mark from water leaking out of them during the rain? I'm a bit concerned about whether I need to be concerned.
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hmmm.where do you live? have you had the a/c running recently?

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Could be condensate drains from either AC or a high efficiency furnace.

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Modern household furnaces are classified as condensing or non-condensing based on their efficiency in extracting heat from the exhaust gases. Furnaces with efficiencies greater than approximately 89% extract so much heat from the exhaust that water vapor in the exhaust condenses; they are referred to as condensing furnaces. Such furnaces must be designed to avoid the corrosion that this highly acidic condensate might cause and may need to include a condensate pump to remove the accumulated water. Condensing furnaces can typically deliver heating savings of 20%-35% assuming the old furnace was in the 60% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) range.
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Can you post a picture further back to get a perspective on where those holes are at in relation to grade.

You have to tell us if water only leaks out of them during a rain.

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i believe condensing boilers dump the fluid at boiler level so it can run into a floor drain or bucket. i'd be suspicious of a roof leak or condensation because of the A/C as mentioned.
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I can't see the holes. Can you circle them in the photo and maybe enlarge a photo with one of the holes in it?
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second rafter bay from the stucco
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Here's a pic with holes circled. It's the second floor. I never noticed any moisture around that area before.
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Could be condensate drains from either AC or a high efficiency furnace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furnace

Modern household furnaces are classified as condensing or non-condensing based on their efficiency in extracting heat from the exhaust gases. Furnaces with efficiencies greater than approximately 89% extract so much heat from the exhaust that water vapor in the exhaust condenses; they are referred to as condensing furnaces. Such furnaces must be designed to avoid the corrosion that this highly acidic condensate might cause and may need to include a condensate pump to remove the accumulated water. Condensing furnaces can typically deliver heating savings of 20%-35% assuming the old furnace was in the 60% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) range.
I think our condesate drain for our heater goes to the side of the house. We poored water down what we thought was the condesate pipe coming from the top of the heater and it drained to the side or the house.

The water mark came from the rain. I'm not sure it came from the holes, but as you can see, the water mark is right underneath them. That doesn't mean it came from them. Some of my neigbors have the same sort of water mark but don't have these holes in the frame.

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is there an air handler in the attic?
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is there an air handler in the attic?
No there is not.
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step back a few feet and take some more pics,it could be some sort of roof scupper
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step back a few feet and take some more pics,it could be some sort of roof scupper
Circled the area and arrow pointing to the water mark.
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i honestly don't know what it isbut i know i don't like it
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i honestly don't know what it isbut i know i don't like it
What don't you like, the holes themselves or the fact that there is a water mark appearing to be coming from them? And who would I call to have this looked at, a roofer?

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