Dealing with New House (2)Posted by at September 9, 2011 in Furniture | Home Equipment | Interior Design
What you need to do is try to reduce that intensity. One way is to buy a humidifier, which introduces some moisture into a dry, tight house. Another way is to avoid overheating the house in the winter, which will dry out a tight house even more.
Open the windows periodically, even on cold days. Winter heating can even change the moisture content of the wood, temporarily warping interior slab and bifold doors. The solution is simple and involves applying wax to the tracks of the bifolds to stop the doors from sticking. Raised-panel wood doors can shrink or expand at times, revealing unfinished surfaces.
It’s a maintenance, rather than a warranty, issue. Areas of painted walls often vary in color and texture, the result of touching up in the finishing process of the house. This is acceptable under warranty, as is color variation of stains on woodwork.
Resilient (vinyl) floors in high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, sometimes show raised nail heads because of joist movement, and although builders use adhesives to keep nails to a minimum, this technique doesn’t always work. You can redrive the nails using a block of wood and a hammer.
Ridges often appear where a vinyl floor meets the edge of a toilet or bathroom. This is caused by water seeping into adhesive through a seam after installation. These areas should be periodically caulked with an acrylic designed for use in bathrooms.