I live in a small bungalow built in 1950. Shortly after moving in, I removed wallpaper to paint the interior walls. I noticed all along the front of the house that plaster work had been redone - probably to fix water damage done to the plaster. The walls seemed okay so I did a little sanding to smooth out the repair areas and painted. Over time I noticed these areas changing, getting "bubbly", and determined water was somehow getting into the house.
My first thought was the roof so I called a roofer who told me I needed a new roof (surprise surprise). But that winter I continued to have problems with the front interior walls. He said he put in rubber underneath the new asphalt roof and redid the flashing along the edge of the roof. He suggested gutters. At the time I had no clog gutters. They certainly never clogged, but I had incredible icicles hanging from them in winter - so I thought he may be right and I got all of my gutters replaced with conventional gutters and screen to keep them from clogging. Over time I continued to notice the walls deteriorating - both in winter and during heavy rains in the summer.
I was thinking about replacing the vinyl siding. I've noticed in the winter that the siding gets very hard - as though water has frozen behind it.
I've been told it's because my roof doesn't overhang the exterior walls. The roof ends right at the edge of the house. There are a million of these bungalows around, I can't believe this is such a difficult problem to diagnose.
If any one has any ideas I'm all ears. Thanks!