Alright, so here’s the other side of that rotten wall I discovered last night:
And zooming out a bit, here’s a shot of our porch:
Some critter managed to burrow its way under the porch:
There’s another, slightly larger hole on the other side of the porch too. We did throw some rat poison in the hole we uncovered in the garage last night and it seems to be untouched, but I also covered up that hole a few weeks back and there it is again…
While I’m sure some of the damage is probably due to moisture, it seems like the porch has decent flashing, though I’m not sure what’s actually hidden behind the siding.
Based on the coloring and extent of damage, this isn’t a new problem, just one that’s been conveniently covered up until now… If the damage was on any other part of the house, I’d just remove the siding and reframe the rotted sections, but the part that we’re dealing with is hidden behind the porch, “below grade” if you will. Maybe this picture will clear it up:
How do you go about fixing that properly!?