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Old 06-26-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Whats causing rain to go back up into the soffits


Bought my house about 6 months ago and noticed during some light rains that the rain did not flow off the roof properly, it would almost puddle back up under the roof a little... unfortunately I didnt think it was very serious... until TS Debby just came by...

It rained so hard that I noticed the first floor ceiling line getting wet, then I noticed the corner of my room with a big puddle of water...

somehow water has gotten into the block wall, and made its way down to the floor, then into the house... it also seeped outside and is bubbling the outside paint near the ground...

I dont know if the soffit issue is the cause, wanted to ask you guys what your opinions are...

thanx for your help/advice
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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Need overall pictures of the roof and close ups of anything above the area you are having a problem. If you have attic access pictures from there would help as well.

It looks like a lot of water is being directed to that area from an upper roof. It must be getting in the attic somehow and making it's way down the trusses.

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let me know if these help, just happened to have had them already
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It may just be from the overwhelming volume and the surface tension of the water causing it to essentially be "sucked" up into the soffits. You may be able to remedy this by adding a supplemental drip edge to break the water tension...
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I am just wondering if something wasnt put together right though... I can uderstand that you may get a little leak due to the 10 inches of rain we got in one day!!!!, but it literally flooded the corner of my living floor with water... thats definitely not right...
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If the shingle were an inch to 1-1/4" past the drip ege, it wouldn't be wicking back in there. That's flush and capilary action is intensified.
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Determining whether or not it was put together right is hard to do from the photos provided. It may require a physical inspection, at least as far as I can tell anyway. I don't see any red flags other than the soaking wet soffit!!
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I don't see any red flags other than the soaking wet soffit!!
yep, same Red Flag I saw

Ive scheduled some inspections... but the soonest they can come out is 2 weeks away...
I just wanted to get some more opinions

It will also help out a lot when they are talking to me about the issue if I know a bit more myself, I havent had a ton of experience with roofing... until now
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Where's the step flashing?

It looks like 3 tab just gooped to 90 degree flashing stock to me.
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Where's the step flashing?

It looks like 3 tab just gooped to 90 degree flashing stock to me.
good question, could it be under the stucco?

Im not sure if that would be the problem though, since there is an over hang above it, not much water flows along that edge...

thanx for pointing it out
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My first thought was the water was wicking back as tinner mentioned and that’s probably the case but I’d still take a peek in the attic to make sure all is dry.

Your roof to wall flashing looks wrong to me, or maybe I’m just seeing things.

Why don’t you have gutters? Properly installed gutters would eleminate the water wicking back.
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no gutters came with the house, I just bought it 6 months ago... it was built in 2000...
other side of the wall is a room, no attic, I would have to cut a hole in the wall to look around...
was thinking of removing the soffits to look around and see if I see anything, but then again I wouldnt really have an idea what to look for...
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Realy kind of hard to see in those pics but, does your drip edge have a small overhang like in this picture?...


I would also suspect capilary action drawing the water back under the overhang too. The little kickout on the dripedge looks almost flat in some sections. That could be bent out a little to "kick" the water away.
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Hard to say but I will go with what tinner and kwikfish said.

Step flashing (roof to wall intersection in general as the kick out looks a bit hard too) and capillary action.
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There has to be some sort of drip edge. If not then have one added. The idea is the surface tension of the water can allow it to wick back under the edge and down onto the fascia. How did the room flood? From the water getting in from above? Or from it puddling on the ground below? Sounds like you need rain gutters added either way. Control the water, get it away from the house.

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