My wooden floor has started to rise at the seam, what should I do?
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During warm, humid weather, wood expands, during dry weather it contracts. In winter, when homes are heated and the air is dry, wood flooring gives up some of its moisture and therefore shrinks. Photograph: Thinkstock
Q I have been renting an apartment for the past five years. I have enjoyed living in this apartment since I moved in and there have been very few maintenance issues during this time period. The apartment has not suffered from damp or moisture.
However, very recently, I have noticed that a section of the wooden floor has started to rise up at the seam between the boards, creating an uneven surface. Could you explain to me why this is happening as it is becoming more noticeable and I would be grateful if you could provide some solutions.