Interior Areas

INTERIOR AREAS

Cracks in Walls

In most homes the walls are covered with drywall or finish plaster. Interior walls are subject to cracking particularly in newer homes. When a new home is built, it may take a several years for the lumber to completely dry. It has been estimated that a new home may shrink as much as 1/4″.

It is important to distinguish between an ordinary shrinkage crack and a crack that may indicate  structural instability. Shrinkage cracks are generally easy to repair.

Sagging Floors

A floor that is not level or dips in the center usually indicates inadequate floor joist material or too great of span between supporting beams. Repairing a floor that sags is not a simple task. A remodeling contractor will usually support and level floor with additional floor joists and beams.

Squeaky Floors

Floors that squeak when walked on are generally caused by a loose or undersized nail that allows the sub‑floor to ride up and down on the nail causing the squeak. This common problem can be fixed by applying construction adhesive between the sub‑floor and the floor joist from underneath the culprit nail. If the floor is not finished, a good quality wood screw through the sub‑floor and into the floor joist will usually stop the squeak.

Nail Pops

A cosmetic problem usually associated with drywall construction, nail pops are easy to repair.

They do however, indicate less than professional quality installation.

Heating

Each room in the house should have some provision for heating. Depending on the type of heating system, each room should have a heat register, radiator, or radiant heat source. Extending the existing heating system to a room that is not currently heated is a costly.

Electrical

Houses wired before the mid 1970s generally may not have a ground wire attached to each outlet or switch. This is referred to as a two wire connection. These circuits can be identified by having only two slots on the receptacle outlet. Several modern appliances, (refrigerator, microwave, water bed heater,) require a three prong outlet. Any two prong outlet may be upgraded to accept a three prong appliance by either installing a GFCI outlet or by having an electrician replace that circuit with modern wiring. Three prong outlets should not be substituted for two prong outlets without proper grounding

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