We recently had a new central A/C system installed, but this problem was ha
ppening BEFORE the new installation.
After hurricane Andrew, our home's upstairs (CBS downstairs/wood frame upst
airs) twisted 4". The entire upstairs had to be gutted and new drywall, in
sulation, roof, etc had to be replaced.
Since then, our house has been shaken by Rita, Katrina, and others. We hav
e now noticed that the upstairs is up to 5 degrees higher. The new system
is super efficient and the humidity downstairs is 40%. Upstairs, the humid
ity is 60%+. In addition, we have noticed that the two adjoining bathrooms
upstairs which also share the same wall with the kitchen downstairs have b
een having problems.
The wall in the Master Bathroom is starting to warp, and the laminate backs
plash has bowed about 2". The wall has bowed to the point that the mirror
(glued to the wall) is starting to pull away.
The Kitchen wall is also having problems with bowing. Plus, when you turn
on the hot water taps in either bathroom or kitchen, the water comes out IC
E COLD for about 1-2 minutes and then turns hot.
I'm afraid that the ducting between the floors (not replaced after Andrew)
has a major leak. There are other symptoms:
* on a windy day, if I stand on the front porch which is covered and with c
eiling vents, I can actually feel air-conditioned air pouring out of the ve
I recently slipped in the Master Bath shower stall and my foot broke a ce
ramic tile and the drywall behind it. I removed the tile and felt inside t
he cavity and the air was cold.
I'm having a home inspector come and look at all of the problems because th
ese are covered by our homeowner's insurance. Can a hole or break in the d
ucting between floors be found without tearing out the ceiling downstairs o
r the flooring upstairs? I hope so, because this would mean a lot of furni
ture moved to storage and a total uprooting of our lives.
If anyone has had a similar problem, please share with me the solution that
you had. OR, if someone is a general contractor or HVAC contractor, I wou
ld greatly appreciate your input.
Thanks in advance,
PS. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to be as detailed as possible.