Most of the issues in our house stem from the previous owners, but I uncovered a problem last night that I think goes back to the way the house was constructed. I was working out in the garage when I caught a whiff of something awful smelling. I eventually traced it back to the wall by the door to the house, which had an ominous water stain on it. After pulling off the pegboard (oh yeah, our garage is covered in OSB and pegboard, complements of the previous owners), this is what I found:
Yup, that’s definitely the source of the stench I was smelling! I’m not sure how I managed to completely miss the water dripping down the concrete- I blame the spider webs. I’m also fairly certain the damage extends into that stud bay on the right, but half of the screws on the OSB board are stripped, so it’s gonna take me a little while to get it off. Here are a few close-ups:
There’s a hole in the plastic that looks suspiciously like it was created by teeth. The OSB on the outer wall is definitely rotted, though I’m not sure of the extent of the damage because on the other side of that wall is our poured concrete slab porch. You can see it peeking through here:
Here’s a look at that last stud before the OSB that I couldn’t get off:
I’m hoping the damage stops there, but I’ll open up the rest of the wall tomorrow and find out. So, what’s going to be the easiest way to fix this wall? I’d rather not have to demolish the porch, but I want this fixed right. Any ideas?