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Old 08-14-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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why does my house always feel damp inside? I have CH/CA, but in the summer it feels damp and my wood floors are starting to buckle!

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why does my house always feel damp inside? I have CH/CA, but in the summer it feels damp and my wood floors are starting to buckle!
You need to know the humidity level in the house as a starting point. Pick up a humidistat or two to get an idea where you are.
Floors do not generally buckle unless there is a severe humidity issue, usually associated with a water issue.
Where does the air handler route the condensate? Did you check the unit to make sure the tray under it, is still intact? Is the drain clear and functioning properly?
How long has this been going on?
Does the house have bath vent fans?
Are they working properly(vented to the exterior)?

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Something else to consider along with all of Ron's questions /suggestions is were the floors initially installed correctly allowing for expansion and contraction?

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Occasionally a furnace/air conditioner is to large for the house---instead of doing its job of cooling the air and removing the humidity it will cool to quickly and shut off--but not run long enough to pull the humidity out of the house.

An HVAC tec could tell you if the unit is sized for your house.---Mike---
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Occasionally a furnace/air conditioner is to large for the house---instead of doing its job of cooling the air and removing the humidity it will cool to quickly and shut off--but not run long enough to pull the humidity out of the house.

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Mike, thousands of houses don't have central air and their floors aren't buckleing. Mine certainly isn't. Jack's suggestion of poorly installed flooring will do that without the added water issue.
Poster should explain about the floor age as well as how long they've lived in the house.
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Very true---I don't air condition ---the house is in a valley next to a river---and the humidity is between jungle and swamp----My hardwood is fine---

Maybe a moderator should delete my post.
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I see lots of buckled wood floors. Its usually from a condensate leak in the a/c system.
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Ice make lines are also a good source of work for the floor guys.
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When I get wood floors, its going to be cypress.
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Cyprus? I didn't know that was used for flooring---Learned something new today.
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It was real popular in early florida. Its not a commercially product. You have to go and find a sawmill that has the wood, or has some harvest permits. The wood is bland with little coloring so its not to most, an attractive wood. But the cells of the wood don't expand when they stay wet. You can flood the house and not damage the floor. As an interesting side note. There are confederate grave markers, at one of the forts, made of cypress. You can still read them.
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In New Orleans old quarter I noticed Cyprus was used for doors and trim---Still looks good after 200 years---You are right about the 'bland' looking grain.

Some building still have the original shutters,made of Cyprus--nice long life for out doors!
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Yes, its a great wood, and a fast growing evergreen. It doesn't lend itself to tree farming methods.
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Find the solution before the buckle gets too bad: Photo #2: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...d-but-strange/

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