Yesterday, my husband and I were sitting out on our back patio and we
noticed that the siding was bulging out. The bulge is about the size of a
basketball, and when I pushed on it, there was no give...the whole area
around it was solid too. It's located just under where the ceiling is, but
looking inside, there's no cracking or water stains anywhere (upstairs or
It's pretty cold here, but not below freezing, and I can't even begin to
think of what this might be. I want to get it checked out, but I don't know
who/what service would be the best to call in this instance.
Any help is appreciated!
Okay, I finally got some pictures up of The Bulge.
I just realized that I must not be too concerned about it, because so far,
I've only posted about it to this group. Maybe if I ignore it, it will fix
itself and not cost me any money!
Now I have a much better idea of what is going on.
You photo did answer one of my questions about the brazier, you have
one there. I bet you thought I was kidding about that.
You did not answer the question about the type of siding. Is it vinyl?
I may have the answer, but I need to know what kind of material the
siding is made of first.
On 1/25/2005 5:02 PM US(ET), Jodi took fingers to keys, and typed the
It's called "Texture one-eleven" (T1-11) siding. It is a plywood made to
be used as a siding material.
I can't help with the bulge, but looking at the landscape in your pics,
I don't see any ice or snow, so I am ruling out a leak behind the siding
that has frozen and expanded to form the bulge.
Is this something you may have just noticed, or are you sure that it
wasn't there before?
OK, now you ruined my planned answer. I will have to fall back to
answer #2, a guess.
I looks like it may have been put up without any spacing with the next
piece of siding. Since then something got wet and expanded, with no place
to go it bowed. If I am correct, it may be interesting trying to get it
back in now that it has an new shape. It may need to be completely removed
to get things back straight. As I recall that stuff calls for a given gap
between panels. Before you start tearing anything apart, check this out.
Remember I said it was a guess.
I am also a little curious about the location, right at the top corner
of that window. Is anything interesting happening with that window?
There is one small crack that is at the bottom of the window inside the
house (on the same side as the bulge). But there is not apparent water
damage that can be seen from the inside of the house.
What kind of service person/company should I call? Any siding company in
the phone book?
I wish I could say I thought it was safe to call it a siding issue, but
especially with the crack you have in the window, I fear you may have a
structural problem. I hope I am wrong.
Who to contact is a very good question. You don't know yet what it is.
It may well be more than siding. A general contractor may be good, but I
might suggest a certified home inspector. They will not fix the work, but
they are trained to identify the problems. They can then make an informed
suggestion about who should be contacted to do the work. At least that way
you will have two opinions, one independent.
Another approach may be to call your insurance company. That might be
the best idea at this time. They are likely to send someone out at their
expense to evaluate the situation.
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