Warranty Manual - Mattamy Homes
ABOUT YOUR HOME
TABLE Of Contents
This booklet is your Warranty and Homeowner Maintenance Guide. It contains an alphabetical listing of items in your home with
important information regarding their care and maintenance. It also includes a safety checklist and recommended seasonal
maintenance checklists. At any time should you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact your Warranty Service
Office or Customer Care Coordinator at our Division Office.
AIR CONDITIONING
ALARM SYSTEM
APPLIANCES
ATTIC ACCESS
BRICK/STONE
CABINETS
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
CAULKING
CERAMIC TILE
CONCRETE FLATWORK
CONDENSATION
COUNTERTOPS
DOORS & LOCKS
DRAINS
DRYWALL
EASEMENTS
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
FIBERGLASS TUBS AND SHOWERS
FIREPLACE
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
FLOOR COVERINGS
FOOTINGS & WALLS
FRAMING
GARAGE DOOR
GARBAGE DISPOSAL
GAS SHUT OFF
GRADING & DRAINAGE
4-5
6
6
6
7
7-8
8
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
14-15
16
16
17
17-19
19
20
20
21-26
26
27
27-28
28
28
28-29
HARDWARE
HEATING SYSTEM
INSULATION
LANDSCAPING
LIGHTING
MILDEW & MOLD
MIRRORS
MOISTURE
PAINT & STAIN
PETS & WILDLIFE
PLUMBING
ROOF
SCENTED CANDLES
SHOWER DOORS OR TUB ENCLOSURES
SIDING & POSTS
SMOKE DETECTORS
STUCCO
VENTILATION
WATER HEATER
30
30-32
32
33
33
34-35
35
35-36
37-39
39
39-43
43-44
44
44
44-45
46
46-47
48
48-49
WINDOWS, SCREENS &
SLIDING GLASS DOORS
WOOD TRIM
JACKSONVILLE WARRANTY
SAFETY & SECURITY CHECKLIST
SPRING & SUMMER CHECKLIST
FALL & WINTER CHECKLIST
49-50
51
51-52
53
54
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AIR CONDITIONING
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Adjust Vents
Air conditioning can greatly enhance the comfort of your home,
but if it is used improperly or inefficiently, wasted energy and
frustration will result. These hints and suggestions are provided
to help you maximize your air conditioning system.
Maximize airflow to occupied parts of your home by adjusting
the vents. Likewise, when the seasons change, readjust them
for comfortable heating. Keep in mind heat rises, so direct cool
air to the upper areas of your home. It will naturally fall down to
the lower areas. The opposite goes in the winter - heat rises.
Your air conditioning system is a whole-house system. The air
conditioning unit is the mechanism that produces cooler air.
The air conditioning system involves everything inside your
home including, for example, drapes, blinds, and windows.
Your home air conditioning is a closed system, which means
that the interior air is continually recycled and cooled until the
desired air temperature is reached. Warm outside air disrupts
the system and makes cooling impossible. Therefore, you
should keep all windows closed. The heat from the sun shining
through windows with open drapes is intense enough
to overcome the cooling effect of the air conditioning unit.
For best results, close the drapes on these windows.
Time is very important in your expectations of an air
conditioning system. Unlike a light bulb, which reacts
instantly when you turn on a switch, the air conditioning
unit only begins a process when you set the thermostat.
For example, if you come home at 6:00 PM when the
temperature has reached 90° F and set your thermostat to
75° F, the air conditioning unit will begin cooling, but will
take much longer to reach the desired temperature. During
the whole day, the sun has been heating not only the air in
the house, but the walls, the carpet, and the furniture. At
6:00 PM, the air conditioning unit starts cooling the air, but
the walls, carpet, and furniture release heat and nullify this
cooling. By the time the air conditioning unit has cooled the
walls, carpet, and furniture, you may well have lost patience.
If evening cooling is your primary goal, set the thermostat at a
moderate temperature in the morning while the house is cooler,
allowing the system to maintain the cooler temperature. The
temperature setting may then be lowered slightly (3 degree
increments) when you arrive home, with better results. Once
the system is operating, setting the thermostat at 60° F will not
cool the home any faster and can result in the unit freezing up
and not performing at all. Extended use under these conditions
can damage the unit.
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Compressor Level
Maintain the air conditioning compressor in a level position
to prevent inefficient operation and damage to the equipment.
If it settles during the first year, Mattamy Homes will level it.
See also Grading and Drainage.
Manufacturer’s Instructions
The manufacturer’s manual specifies maintenance for the
condenser. Review and follow these points carefully. Since the
air conditioning system is combined with the heating system,
follow the maintenance instructions for your furnace or air
handler as part of maintaining your air conditioning system.
Temperature Variations
Temperatures may vary from room to room by several
degrees Fahrenheit. This is due to such variables as floor
plan, orientation of the home on the lot, type and use of
window coverings, and traffic through the home. All rooms
will vary in temperature; a 3 to 5 degree difference is normal.
Climate
The outside humidity in Jacksonville can be quite high
throughout the year, however, the relative humidity in
your home should be kept below 60 percent. This will
help prevent condensation and microbial growth and
promote good air quality.
Condensate
Your home air conditioning system is the primary dehumidifier
for your home. Condensation is generated as the circulating air
passes over the cooling coil in the air handler. This condendsate
is then evacuated to the exterior of the home via a condensate
line or pipe. You will should see water dripping from this line
during cooling months.
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AIR CONDITIONING CONTINUED
Troubleshooting Tips
Non-Emergency And Emergency
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
Lack of air conditioning service is considered an emergency
unless you have more than one air conditioning unit outside
and only one is not working. If your only A/C unit is not
working, please call the emergency number in the back
of this manual or on the magnet provided to you.
• Thermostat is set to “cool” and the temperature is set
below the room temperature.
• Air conditioner and air handler breakers on the main
electrical panel are on (Remember if a breaker trips you
must turn it from the tripped position to the off position
before you can turn it back on).
• 220 Breaker switches on the outside wall near
the air conditioner are on.
• Fuse in air handler is good (See manufacturer
literature for size and location).
• Filter is clean to allow airflow.
• Vents in individual rooms are open.
• Air returns are unobstructed.
• Condensation line is not full and float switch
has not been tripped.
• Air conditioner has not frozen from overuse.
Even if the troubleshooting tips do not identify a solution,
the information you gather will be useful to the service
provider you call.
Coolant
The outside temperature must be 55В°F or higher for the
contractor to add coolant to the system. If your home was
completed during winter months, this changing of the
system is unlikely to be complete and will need to be
performed in the spring.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
The air conditioning system should maintain a temperature
of 78В° or a differential of 15В° from the outside temperature,
measured in the center of each room at a height of 5' above
the floor. Lower temperature settings are often possible, but
neither the manufacturer nor Mattamy Homes guarantees this.
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For non-emergency service, a service request will be generated
and an air conditioning contractor will provide service within
5 working days.
Maintenance
There is one п¬Ѓlter inside your air handler. This п¬Ѓlter needs to
be cleaned every three months at a minimum. To do this either,
take a shop vacuum and vacuum these п¬Ѓlters, removing any
dust, debris, bugs, etc. or rinse them out. If you rinse them,
they must be dry before re-installing them. If you choose and
aftermarket п¬Ѓlter, follow the manufactures instructions, but
ensure it meets the equipment minimum specifications.
The condensate line will also require maintenance. Due to our
temperate climate, algae and mildew can build up inside the
condensate lines, causing a loss of flow. This loss of flow will
trip a float switch at your air handler that will shut the system
down until the blockage is removed. In order to avoid this,
we recommend that half to 1 cup of vinegar is added to the
condensate line quarterly, at a minimum, to keep it clear and
avoid algae build up. Once the vinegar has a day or two to work
inside the pipe, you can follow up with half to 1 gallon of warm
water to flush out the line.
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ALARM SYSTEM
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
If your home selections included prewire for an alarm system,
you will arrange for the п¬Ѓnal connection and activation after
you move-in. The alarm company will demonstrate the
system, instruct you in its use, and provide identification
codes for your family. We recommend that you test the
system each month.
We confirm that all appliance surfaces are in acceptable
condition during your New Home Orientation. The appliance
manufacturers warrant their products directly to you according
to the terms and conditions of these written warranties.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
If you have an appliance problem, contact
Whirlpool directly at: 1 (800) 874-4698 or
[email protected]
Mattamy Homes makes no representation that the alarm
system will provide the protection for which it is installed
or intended.
APPLIANCES
Front Load Washers
Most front load washers/dryers have the ability to reverse the
door hinge & swing. If you purchase your appliances after
closing, please ensure you specify or order the door swing
correctly. The incorrect location of the appliances versus
venting for appliance door opening is not warrantable.
Mattamy Homes needs to know if pedestals are going to be
purchased prior to п¬Ѓnalizing selections either for appliances
purchase through Mattamy, or your own. Pedestals affect
the placement of the mechanicals and venting of the
appliances, and may preclude some cabinet options.
Please let your agent know as soon as possible of your
choice to install pedestals.
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for changing any venting
after move-in if pedestals are not listed on the purchase
agreement or change order. This change will be at the
expense of the Homeowner. Mattamy Homes will not be held
liable and/or responsible for the installation and or venting of
any front-loading laundry appliances if we are not notified in
writing by the buyers prior to selection п¬Ѓnalization, and
Pre-Construction Meeting.
Due to the high rpm spin cycle speeds of front load laundry
appliances, our appliance suppliers cannot be liable for
damages that may be caused by vibrations that occur
during the normal operation of your appliances.
Furthermore, vibrations that occur during normal operation
of your laundry appliances are not covered under either
the manufacturer’s or builder’s warranty.
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Whirlpool will need to know the closing date, the serial and
model numbers (found on a metal plate on the side or the
bottom of the appliance) and a description of the problem.
Please do not contact Mattamy Homes Warranty Department
on appliance issues, as they are not covered under your
one-year builder’s warranty.
Please be sure to fill out and send in your owner’s warranty
cards and to read and follow the manufacturer’s literature.
ATTIC ACCESS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
The attic space is neither designed nor intended for storage.
We provide access to this area for maintenance of mechanical
equipment that may traverse the attic space. When you perform
needed tasks in the attic, use caution and avoid stepping off
wood members onto the drywall. This can result in personal
injury and/or damage to the ceiling below. Your limited warranty
does not cover such injury or damage.
If you open your attic access, be sure to seal it shut with
caulk when you are done. Also, be sure to fluff up any
insulation you disturbed. Mattamy Homes is not responsible
for variations in R-Value of the attic insulation caused by the
Homeowner or any other company disturbing the insulation.
Your attic will be ventilated as required by applicable building
codes. If the attic access has been opened, seal shut with
a bead of caulk.
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BRICK/STONE
CABINETS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Brick or Stone is one of the most durable and lowest
maintenance finishes for a home’s exterior. Should you
have brick on the exterior of your new home, a record
of your brick color is included in your Selection Sheets.
Your Selection Sheets are your record of the style and color of
cabinets in your home. Expect differences in grain and color
between and within the cabinet components, due to natural
variations in wood and the way it takes stain. These variations
should be expected and are the characteristics and beauty of
natural wood. Natural wood also has mineral marks.
Efflorescence (Brick only)
The white, powdery substance that sometimes accumulates
on brick surfaces is called efflorescence. This is a natural
phenomenon and cannot be prevented. In some cases, you
can remove it by scrubbing with a stiff brush and vinegar.
Consult your home center or hardware store for commercial
products to remove efflorescence.
Tuck-Pointing
After several years, face brick may require tuck-pointing
(repairing the mortar between the bricks). Otherwise,
no regular maintenance is required.
Weep Holes
You may notice small holes or strings in the mortar along the
lower row of bricks. These holes or strings allow moisture that
has accumulated behind the brick to escape. Do not п¬Ѓll or
cover these weep holes or cut the strings.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
We check the brickwork during the New Home Orientation
to confirm correct installation of designated materials.
Cracks
One time during the warranty period, we repair
masonry cracks that exceed 1/4".
These often look like black marks in the wood. Replacement
will not be made due to either variations or mineral marks.
Cleaning
Products such as lemon oil or polishes that include scratch
cover are suggested for wood cabinet care. Follow container
directions. Use such products a maximum of once every 3
to 6 months to avoid excessive build-up. Avoid paraffin-based
spray waxes and washing cabinets with water, as both will
damage the luster of the п¬Ѓnish.
Hinges
If hinges catch or drawer glides become sluggish, a small
amount of silicone lubricant will improve their performance.
Moisture
Damage to cabinet surfaces and warping can result from
operating appliances that generate large amounts of moisture
and/or heat (such as a cooking pot) too near the cabinet.
When operating such appliances, place them in a location
that is not directly under a cabinet.
Panel Shrinkage/Splitting
Door panels are not glued in place but are allowed to expand
and contract with the rest of the door. When this happens,
raw wood edges may appear. Touching up the paint or stain
on unfinished exposed areas is a Homeowner responsibility
and is not warranted. Some splitting of door panels is normal
and should be expected. If a door panel splits, Mattamy
Homes will п¬Ѓll the split and match the paint or stain as closely
as possible. Color variations are to be expected for which
Mattamy Homes is not responsible.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation, we will confirm that all
cabinet parts are installed, operate properly, and that their
surfaces are in acceptable condition.
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CABINETS CONTINUED
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Alignment
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Doors, drawer fronts, and handles should be level
and even. Adjustments of cabinet doors are common,
and are a Homeowner maintenance issue.
Your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.
Read the manufacturers’ manual for detailed information
the care of your carbon monoxide detectors. Keep detectors
clean and test them weekly. The unit will only indicate the
presence of carbon monoxide gas at the sensor. Carbon
monoxide gas may be present in other areas.
To adjust your cabinet doors, please do the following:
1.Loosen the 2 hinge screws on the door
DO NOT REMOVE THE SCREWS.
2.Loosening the screws will provide about a 3/8"
vertical and horizontal movement in the door.
3.With the screws loose, square the door
and tighten the screws.
Operation
Cabinets should operate properly under normal use.
Do not slam, kick shut or allow children to hang from
your cabinet drawers.
Separations
Some separation is normal and to be expected. We will correct
gaps between cabinets and the ceiling or cabinets and the walls
by caulking or other means, if the gap exceeds 1/4" (locations
behind appliances are excepted from this repair).
Warping
When the battery back-up becomes weak, the detector
will “chirp” as a warning. Replace the battery immediately
to continue your protection. This detector must have AC or
battery power to operate. If AC power fails and the battery
is dead or missing, the detector cannot operate. Mattamy
Homes recommends changing the batteries twice annually.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes does not represent that the carbon
monoxide detectors will provide the protection for which they
are installed or intended. Mattamy Homes has installed the
carbon monoxide detectors in locations approved by the local
building codes. Mattamy Homes shall not be obligated to pay
for any carbon monoxide investigation or service call.
CAULKING
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
If doors or drawer fronts warp in excess of 1/4" within 24",
when measured diagonally, we will correct this by adjustment
or replacement. If there is a replacement, Mattamy Homes
will match grain and stain as closely as possible, but color
variations are to be expected and are not the responsibility
of the Builder.
Time and weather will shrink and dry caulking so that it no
longer provides a good seal. As routine maintenance, check
the caulking and make needed repairs. Caulking compounds
and dispenser guns are available at hardware stores. Read
the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to be certain that
you select an appropriate caulk for the intended purpose.
We suggest this is done yearly.
Wood Grain
Areas to maintain include:
Readily noticeable variations in wood grain and color are
normal in all wood or wood veneer selections. Replacements
are not made due to such variations.
Interior - Around sinks, bath tubs, countertop joints,
backsplashes, showers and toilets.
Painted Cabinets
Painted п¬Ѓnishes on cabinets are not intended to bridge gaps
or joints in the wood material. Joints, seams, and miters
will begin to show through the paint from normal use and
expansion and contraction of the materials. This is not
warrantable and inherent with the materials.
Exterior - Around windows, doors, any exterior penetrations
through siding, and at brick/ stone siding connections.
On stucco homes, cracking that appears in the exterior
stucco п¬Ѓnish coat should be caulked and painted at
minimum, annually.
Latex Caulk
Latex caulking is appropriate for an area that requires
painting, such as along the stair stringer or where wood
trim meets the wall.
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CAULKING CONTINUED
Silicone Caulk
Caulking that contains silicone will not accept paint; it works
best where water is present, for example, where tub meets
tile or a sink meets a countertop.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation, we confirm that
appropriate areas are adequately caulked.
One-Time Repair
We will touch up caulking one time during your materials and
workmanship period. We suggest that this be performed with
your One-Year Warranty Service Review.
CERAMIC TILE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Your Selection Sheets provide the style and color of
your ceramic tile.
Hairline cracks in tile and grout are not uncommon. Some
slight imperfections in the materials and workmanship are
expected. Cracked, badly chipped or loose tile, noted in
the New Home Orientation checklist, will be replaced.
Cracks appearing in the grouting of the tiles at joints or
junctions with other materials are common due to normal
shrinking conditions. Mattamy Homes will repair cracks that
are due to poor workmanship, or defective materials, within
the п¬Ѓrst year warranty period.
We will do our best to match the grout, but expect |the new
grout to vary from the original. This is not a warranted item.
Limited extra pieces of tile and grout are left for you. Save
these; in the event of a repair, this will help with the match.
These are typically remaining materials in partial boxes or
bags. We do not provide full cases.
Cleaning
Ceramic tile is one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain;
simply vacuum when needed. Occasionally, a wet mopping
with warm water may be appropriate. Avoid adding detergent
to the water. If you feel a cleaning agent is required, use a
mild solution of warm water and dishwasher crystals (they
will not result in a heavy, difficult-to-remove lather on the
grout). Rinse thoroughly. Or ask your local hardware store to
recommend a product. Do not use waxes, sealers or bottled
liquid cleaners on tile. Sealer is recommended for the grout.
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Waxes will make cleaning difficult, and some liquid cleaners
contain harmful acids that etch the tile and eat into the grout.
If ceramic tile is installed on walls or countertops in your home,
it may be washed with any nonabrasive soap, detergent, or tile
cleaner. Abrasive cleaners will dull the п¬Ѓnish.
Grout Discoloration
Grout that becomes yellowed or stained can be cleaned
with a п¬Ѓber brush, cleanser, and water. Grout cleansers
and whiteners are available at most hardware stores.
Sealing Grout
Sealing grout is recommended and is the homeowner’s
responsibility. To avoid sealing in dirt, clean the grout before
the sealing process. Once grout has been sealed, ongoing
maintenance of that seal is necessary, and the limited warranty
coverage becomes void. If grout is not sealed, it will allow
moisture to pass through, due to its porous nature.
Separations
Expect slight separations to occur in the grout between tiles.
This grout is for decorative purposes only; it does not hold
the tile in place. Using either the grout left at your home or
premixed grout purchased from flooring or hardware stores
can п¬Ѓll cracks in the grout. Follow package directions. Grout
silicone or sanded grout caulking is found in the flooring
sections of most hard ware stores.
Tile around bathtubs or countertops may appear to be pulling
up after a time. This is caused by normal shrinkage of grout
or caulk and shrinkage of wood members as they dry out.
If this occurs, the best remedy is to purchase tub caulk or
premixed grout from a hardware store. Follow directions on
the container. Repair these cracks immediately to protect the
underlying surface from water damage. Mattamy Homes is
not responsible for damage caused by not maintaining caulk
and/or grout.
Routinely maintain the caulking used on your ceramic tile.
This is typically found in corners where tile meets tile, or tile
meets another material.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation, we confirm that tile and
grout areas are in acceptable condition. We will only repair
or replace cracked, chipped, or loose tiles noted at that time.
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CERAMIC TILE CONTINUED
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for variations in color
or discontinued patterns. New grout may vary in color
from the original.
One-Time Repair
Cracks appearing in grouting of ceramic tiles at joints or
junctions with other materials are commonly due to shrinkage.
Mattamy Homes will repair grouting, if necessary, one time
during the п¬Ѓrst year.
We are not responsible for color variations in grout or
discontinued colored grout. Any grouting or caulking that
is needed after that time is the homeowner’s responsibility.
CONCRETE FLATWORK
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
By maintaining good drainage, you protect your home’s
foundation and the concrete flatwork: porch, patio, driveway,
garage floor, and sidewalks.
Cracks
A concrete slab shrinks as it cures. Some of this shrinkage
shows up as cracks. Cracking of concrete flatwork also
results from temperature changes that cause expansion
and contraction.
As cracks occur, seal them with a waterproof concrete
caulk (available at hardware or home improvement stores)
to prevent moisture from penetrating to the soil beneath.
Expansion Joints
We install expansion joints to help control expansion, and
sawcut control joints to attempt to control where the cracks
occur. However, as the concrete shrinks during the curing
process, moisture can penetrate under the concrete and lift
the expansion joint. When this occurs, п¬Ѓll the resulting gap
with a waterproof concrete caulk, which can be purchased
at most hardware stores.
Cracks will not always follow the expansion or control joints.
Cracks outside of these areas are not unexpected.
Heavy Vehicles
Prohibit commercial or other extremely heavy vehicles, such
as moving vans and other large delivery trucks, from pulling
onto your driveway. We design and install concrete drives for
conventional residential vehicle use only: family cars, vans,
light trucks, and so on.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Concrete slabs, such as driveways, patios, and walkways,
are floating – they are not attached to the home’s foundation
walls. Because these slabs are not a structural (load-bearing)
element of the home, they are excluded from coverage under
the 10-year structural warranty. Monolithic slabs, such as
your garage and lanai are part of the foundation, and are
covered by the structural warranty.
Color
Concrete slabs vary in color. Mattamy Homes provides no
correction for this condition. Concrete is a porous material
and is exposed to the elements in a number of areas. Care
must be taken to avoid spills of staining materials such as
stains, paints, or oils and grease. These types of spills are
not warrantable. In addition, fertilizers, irrigation water, and
some pest control chemicals contain minerals that can stain
concrete. Take care to avoid exposing your exterior concrete
surfaces to these materials.
The sun will also tend to bleach concrete over time. The
materials that constitute the concrete, such as cement,
aggregate and sand, are natural materials and therefore
the bleaching process can be spotty or blotchy. This is a
natural characteristic of the concrete.
Cracks
Shrinkage cracks are normal in concrete walls, floors and
slabs. Slight cosmetic imperfections will not be repaired.
Garage Slabs - Provided that homeowners maintain proper
grading and care procedures - Concrete cracks that exceed
1/4" in horizontal or vertical displacement, will be patched
or repaired, one time during the one-year warranty period,
by patching or using concrete п¬Ѓller. Color and texture
variations are to be expected, for which the Builder is not
responsible. Subsequently, concrete slab maintenance is
the homeowner’s responsibility.
Depressions
If a depression or unevenness in habitable concrete flooring
exceeds 3/8" on a 4' level, it will be corrected. The Builder
will correct the problem to meet the performance standard
by п¬Ѓlling with a latex or equivalent п¬Ѓller or by grinding.
The п¬Ѓnished repair will be feathered in. Color variation of
concrete is to be expected, for which the Builder will not
be responsible.
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CONCRETE FLATWORK CONTINUED
Heaving
Heaving exterior concrete slabs is vertical or horizontal
movement of concrete slabs. Concrete slabs are floating and not
supported by a frost footing. The Homeowner can make repairs
to their satisfaction. This is non-warrantable by the Builder.
Level floors
Concrete floors in the habitable areas of the home will be
level to within 1/4" within any 32" measurement with the
exception of an area specifically designed to slope toward
a floor drain.
Spalling (Surface Chips)
Causes of spalling include repeated hosing of concrete for
cleaning, animal urine, radiator overflow, fertilizer, uncleared
snow and ice, ice-melting agents, and road salts from vehicles.
Repair of spalling is a home maintenance task. Damage caused
as a result of these conditions is non-warrantable and will not be
corrected by Mattamy Homes.
CONDENSATION
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
When warm, moist air comes into contact with cooler
surfaces, the moisture condenses. Outside we see this as
dew; inside you may see it as a layer of moisture on glass
windows & door panes, as well as frames. This condensation
comes from high humidity within the home combined with
low outside temperatures and inadequate ventilation. Family
lifestyle significantly influences two out of three of these
conditions. Condensation is seldom the fault of the windows
or doors.
Moderate settings in winter can maintain desired comfort
levels without contributing too much moisture to your home.
You may need to experiment to п¬Ѓnd the correct level for your
family’s lifestyle.
Interior relative humidity should be between 40% and 60%
on average, depending on the season. Readings above 60%
will be highly conducive to excessive condensation.
New Construction
Some experts have estimated that a typical new home
contains the equivalent 50 gallons of water in both the new
materials and in the air as water vapor. Water is part of
lumber, concrete, drywall texture, paint, caulk, and other
materials used in building. Wet weather during construction
adds more. This moisture evaporates into the air as you live in
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your home, adding to the moisture generated by normal living
activities such as bathing and cooking. Over time, this source
of moisture will diminish.
The problem of condensation is often more noticeable in
today’s energy- tight homes. The warm moist air cannot
escape as readily, so it heads for the coolest spot in the
house. Despite today’s major advances in energy efficiency,
the coolest spots in the Winter are usually the windows.
Normal Activities
As you live in your home, your daily lifestyle also contributes
to the moisture in the air. Cooking, laundry, baths and
showers, aquariums, plants, and so on all add water to the
air in your home. Likewise, your daily routine can mitigate the
amount of moisture in your home and reduce condensation
on interior surfaces.
Temperature
Avoid setting your thermostat at extreme temperatures.
Heating your home will cause the materials to dry out
faster, generating more moisture into the air. Drying the
materials out too fast also increases shrinkage cracks and
separations. Here are some other ways to reduce and
control household humidity:
• Ventilate regularly. Regularly opening windows to allow fresh
air into your home is highly recommended. Or if you have an
Air-to-Air Exchanger, run it on the proper settings.
• Run exhaust fans in bathrooms and laundries while you
are using them and for at least a half hour after. In the very
hot summer months, run your bathroom fans during and
after showers and baths for longer periods, in order to get
the condensed moisture out of the ductwork.
• Run vent fans in microwaves and hoods while you cook,
especially if you are boiling or steaming food.
• When possible, leave blinds drapes and/or curtains open
to allow conditioned air to get to the windows.
• Do not cover hot or cold air registers.
• Keep weep holes in windows and patio doors open to allow
moisture to escape.
• Operate your air handler fan in the “on” or
continuous position.
• DO NOT plug the return air intake for your
furnace/air handler (this is also a safety precaution).
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Ventilation
Develop the habit of using exhaust fans in bathrooms and
over the stove. When weather conditions permit, open
windows so fresh air can circulate through your home.
Keep the dryer exhaust hose clean and securely connected.
See also Ventilation.
Monitor
Purchase a humidistat or hygrometer for your home to
monitor the ambient moisture in the air, and experiment
with your daily activities and the various seasons to п¬Ѓnd the
correct balance, which is generally between 40% and 60%
relative humidity. Keep in mind this is a moving target.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Condensation results from weather conditions and a family’s
lifestyle. Mattamy Homes has no control over these factors.
The limited warranty coverage excludes condensation.
COUNTERTOPS
Mattamy Homes will re-caulk around your vanities one time
during the materials and workmanship warranty. Subsequently
caulking will be your maintenance responsibility.
Countertop Level
Countertops will be no more than 1/4" in 12" out of parallel
with the floor. The Builder will make the necessary
adjustments by shimming and leveling the countertop
to meet the acceptable standard.
GRANITE/QUARTZ
Homeonwer Use And Maintenance Guidelines
There are few materials harder than stone, which means
there are only a few materials that can damage them. Even
with its exceptional scratch resistance, it is recommended
that a cutting board be used; cutting directly on stone will
dull your knife.
While granite is the most heat resistant countertop available, we
still recommend using a trivet or hot pad to protect the surface.
CULTURED MARBLE/MANUFACTURED STONE
Cleaning
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
For every day clean up, use a soft damp cloth to
clean up most spills.
Exercise some care when using these tops. They can
scratch and stain or be damaged by a sharp blow. Some
cosmetics and shampoos can stain these tops if not wiped
up immediately. Gel Gloss cleans and protects these tops.
Magic Erasers also work well to clean. Avoid abrasive
cleansers or razor blades on manufactured marble,
as both will damage the surface.
Separation of countertops from walls, backsplash, and around
sinks results from normal shrinkage of materials. Mattamy
Homes will re-caulk these areas one time during the materials
and workmanship warranty. Subsequently, caulking is the
homeowner’s maintenance responsibility.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During your New Home Orientation, we confirm that all
countertops are in acceptable condition. We repair noticeable
surface damage such as chips, cracks, and scratches noted
on the New Home Orientation checklist. Minor blemishes
can be expected and, under normal use, additional surface
scratches are considered an inherent characteristic of this
product. Repair of surface damage noted after your closing date
is the homeowner’s maintenance responsibility, and will not
be corrected by Mattamy Homes. If you do damage your tops,
please call us and we can direct you to a repair company.
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For weekly clean up, use a mixture of mild soap (Ivory)
and water, a mixture of vinegar and water (one to one) or
a natural stone cleaner. Glass cleaners will not hurt granite
but will leave a cloudy residue. Never use acidic cleaners
on granite, they can dull or etch the surface. Do not use a
scrubbing sponge on your top, they may scratch granite.
Sealing
Stone sealers help spills from absorbing or sticking to the
surface. It is recommended that you reseal your granite
yearly or sooner if needed. Like car wax, if liquid doesn’t
bead up, then you need to reseal.
Stains
Although granite is very stain resistant, some spills can
leave a mark. Most residue will evaporate within 12-24
hours. If a stain does not evaporate or cannot be removed
by a stone cleaner, an absorbing poultice can be used.
Use as instructed by the manufacturer.
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LAMINATE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Use a cutting board to protect your counters when you
cut or chop. Protect the counter from heat. If you cannot
put your hand on it, do not put it on the counter. Do not
use countertops as ironing boards and do not set lighted
cigarettes on the edge of the counter. Wipe up water or
liquid spills immediately to avoid wicking in miters and
subsequent warping or swelling of countertop seams.
Damage caused to your countertop as a result of these
conditions are non-warrantable and will not be corrected
by Mattamy Homes. Minor blemishes can be expected
with laminate surfaces. Under normal use, additional
scratches are considered an inherent characteristic
of this product.
During your New Home Orientation we confirm that all
countertops are in acceptable condition. Slight surface
scratches are to be expected and are not warrantable
through Mattamy Homes. We will repair noticeable surface
damage such as chips, cracks, and scratches noted on the
New Home Orientation checklist. Repair of surface damage
noted after your closing date is one of your maintenance
responsibilities and will not be corrected by Mattamy Homes.
If you do damage your tops, please call us and we can direct
you to a repair company.
Caulking
The caulking between the countertop and the wall, along
the joint at the backsplash (the section of counter that
extends a few inches up the wall along the counter area) and
countertop and around the sink may shrink, leaving a slight
gap. Maintaining a good seal in these locations is important
to keep moisture from reaching the wood under the laminates
and to prevent warping.
Cleaning
Avoid abrasive cleaners that will damage the luster
of the surface.
Level
Countertops will not be more than 1/4" in 12' out of
level with the floor. Mattamy Homes will make necessary
adjustments by shimming and leveling the countertop
to meet these standards.
Mats
Rubber drain mats can trap moisture beneath them,
causing the laminated plastic to warp and blister.
Dry the surface as needed.
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SOLID SURFACE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Do not cut directly on solid surface, use a cutting board. It is
recommended to practice to run cold water from the faucet
while pouring boiling water into the sink. While solid surface is
heat resistant, it is important to minimize direct heat exposure
to protect your surface and investment. Always use heat
trivets or hot pads when placing hot objects on any surface.
Soapy water, ammonia-based cleaners (not window cleaners)
or commercially available solid surface cleaners will remove
most dirt and residue from п¬Ѓnish. Soft Scrub will gradually
remove harder to remove residue.
To remove scratches or blotchy appearances, use a mild
absorbable liquid cleanser, such as Soft Scrub, on a damp
sponge or cloth, using small circular motions overlapping the
circles until the entire area has been cleaned.
Thoroughly rinse with water and wipe surface completely dry.
While this procedure may remove or minimize the look of very
п¬Ѓne scratches, other deeper scratches may remain at which
time you may want to contact a professional refinisher.
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DOORS & LOCKS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Patio Doors
Depending on availability and selection the doors installed
in your home may be natural wood and subject to such
natural characteristics of wood as shrinkage and warpage and
color variation. Natural fluctuations caused by humidity and
temperature, showers, and dishwashers, interior doors may
occasionally require minor adjustments.
Patio sliding doors should operate smoothly. The homeowner
may need to adjust them at some point. To do so, take a
Phillips screwdriver and п¬Ѓnd the wheel adjusting screw. These
are located on the bottom of the sliding panel, either on the
ends or on the front behind “plugs”. Simply tighten or loosen
the screw as needed to raise or lower the wheels, until the
door operates properly. It is also important to keep patio door
tracks clean and free of debris. Patio doors are not designed
to be air or water tight.
Bifold Doors
Interior bifold doors sometimes stick or warp because of
weather conditions. Apply a silicone lubricant to the tracks to
minimize this inconvenience. Sometimes the hardware needs
readjusting. This is a Homeowner maintenance item.
Exterior п¬Ѓnish
To ensure longer life for your interior or exterior doors, plan
to refinish them as needed. Stained exterior doors with clear
п¬Ѓnishes tend to weather faster than painted doors. Reseal
stained exterior doors whenever the п¬Ѓnish begins cracking.
Apply varnish to interior doors as needed.
Failure to Latch
If a door will not latch because of minor settling, you can
correct this by making a new opening in the jamb for the
latch plate and raising or lowering the plate accordingly.
Minute adjustments to the hinges can also resolve
latching issues.
Hinges
You can remedy a squeaky door hinge by removing the hinge
pin and applying a silicone lubricant to it. Avoid using oil, as it
can gum up or attract dirt. Graphite works well as a lubricant
but can create a gray smudge on the door or floor covering
beneath the hinge if too much is applied.
Keys
Keep a duplicate privacy lock key where children cannot
reach it in the event a youngster locks him/herself in a room.
The top edge of the door casing is often used as a place to
keep the key. A small screwdriver or similarly shaped device
can open some types of privacy locks.
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for lost or stolen keys.
Locks
Lubricate door locks with silicone, graphite or other
waterproof lubricant. Avoid oil, as it will gum up.
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Shrinkage
Use putty, п¬Ѓller, or latex caulk to п¬Ѓll any minor separations
that develop at mitered joints in door trim. Follow with painting.
Panels of wood doors shrink and expand in response to
changes in temperature and humidity. Touching up the paint
or stain on unfinished exposed areas is your home
maintenance responsibility.
Slamming
Slamming doors can damage both doors and jambs and can
even cause cracking in walls. Teach children not to hang on
the doorknob and swing back and forth; this works loose the
hardware and causes the door to sag.
Sticking
The most common cause of a sticking door is the natural
expansion of lumber caused by changes in humidity.
When swelling during a damp season causes sticking,
do not plane the door unless it continues to stick after
the weather changes.
Before adjusting a door because of sticking, try two other
steps: first, apply either a paste wax, light coat of paraffin,
or candle wax to the sticking surface; or second, tighten
the screws that hold the door jamb or door frame.
If adjusting is necessary even after these measures, use
sandpaper to smooth the door and paint/stain the sanded
area to seal against moisture.
Warping
To help keep doors from warping, keep doors latched as
much as possible. It is also important to maintain proper
humidity in your home to decrease the amount of expansion
and contraction of all your wood products.
See Condensation for more information.
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Weather Stripping Thresholds
Panel Shrinkage/Splitting
Weather stripping on the bottom of doors will be replaced,
if damage causes moisture to enter under the door.
Replacement of weather stripping due to homeowner
negligence is a non-warrantable item.
Some door panels, depending on selection are not glued in
place but are allowed to expand and contract with the rest of
the door. When this happens, raw wood edges may appear.
Touching up the paint or stain on unfinished exposed areas
is a Homeowner responsibility and not warranted. Some
splitting of door panels is normal and should be expected.
If a door panel splits Mattamy Homes will п¬Ѓll the split
and match the paint or stain as closely as possible. Color
variations are to be expected for which the Mattamy
Homes is not responsible.
Wood Grain
Readily noticeable variations in wood grain and color are to
be expected in all wood products. Replacements will not be
made due to wood grain variations.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation we confirm that all doors
are in acceptable condition and correctly adjusted. Mattamy
Homes will repair damage to doors noted on the New Home
Orientation checklist.
Adjustments
Doors should operate smoothly and latches should operate
correctly. Because of normal settling of the home, doors may
require adjustment for proper п¬Ѓt. During the п¬Ѓrst year warranty
period, Mattamy Homes will make such adjustments.
Bifold Doors
Inoperable bifolds, not caused by Homeowner damage
or neglect, will be repaired.
Door Drags On Carpet
Mattamy Homes will repair the door
so it swings freely of the carpet.
Door Hardware
Due to elements beyond the Builders control, tarnished
hardware cannot be warranted.
Drafts Under Exterior Doors
Drafts under exterior doors can be corrected by adjusting
the door threshold:
1.Remove the threshold plugs.
2.To move the threshold closer to the door,
loosen the screws.
3.To move the threshold away from
the door, tighten the screws.
4.Install the threshold plugs.
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Patio Doors
Inoperable patio doors not caused by Homeowner neglect or
damage need to be serviced by the window manufacturer. It is
the Homeowner’s responsibility to contact the builder within the
warranty period. The cleaning and maintenance necessary to
preserve proper operation is a Homeowner responsibility.
Scratches, Gouges, Nicks, Scrapes,
Marks And Chips In Doors
Mattamy Homes will repair any door with scratches, gouges,
nicks, scrapes or chips, if it was noted on the New Home
Orientation checklist. The repairs will be made by using
colored putty and varnish or paint. Replacement of the
affected door is at Mattamy Homes’ discretion.
Homeowners are responsible for any damage not noted
on the New Home Orientation checklist.
Warpage
All wood doors go through a period of moisture and balance
during new construction. During the п¬Ѓrst season, the door
will be exposed to rapid drying conditions. This may cause
the door to warp temporarily. This temporary warpage is
not considered a defect and in most cases the door will
straighten out. Doors should not become inoperable and
warpage of the door should not exceed 1/4" measured from
corner to corner diagonally. Mattamy Homes will repair or
replace warped doors at their discretion. If a replacement
is required, Mattamy Homes will match grain and paint/stain
as closely as possible, but color variations are to be expected,
for which Mattamy Homes is not responsible.
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DRAINS
Never pour grease down your drains, keep hair and food
out of the drains, and do not use any kind of lye.
Every month you should:
1.Run hot water down the drain.
2.Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
3.Add a little hot water and let stand for 15 minutes.
4.Flush with hot water.
Clogged drains are not warrantable.
DRYWALL
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guide
Slight cracking, nail pops, or seams may become visible in walls
and ceilings. These are caused by the shrinkage of the wood
and normal deflection of rafters to which the drywall is attached.
It is recommended to wait until the One-Year Warranty Service
Review to have drywall corrections made. Please keep a running
list throughout the п¬Ѓrst twelve months specifying the locations.
Repairs
With the exception of the one-time п¬Ѓrst year repair service
provided by Mattamy Homes, care of drywall is your
maintenance responsibility. Most drywall repairs can be easily
made. This work is best done when you redecorate the room.
Repair hairline cracks with a coat of paint. You can repair
slightly larger cracks with spackle or caulk. To correct a nail
pop, reset the nail with a hammer and punch or tighten the
screw with a screwdriver. Cover it with spackle, which is
available at paint and hardware stores. Apply two or three thin
coats. When dry, sand the surface with п¬Ѓne-grain sandpaper,
and then paint. You can п¬Ѓll indentations caused by sharp
objects in the same manner.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation, we confirm that drywall
surfaces are in acceptable condition. This verification is done
from a distance of 5 to 6 feet from the wall surface, and under
normal light conditions.
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One Time Warranty Repairs
One time during the materials and workmanship warranty,
Mattamy Homes will repair drywall shrinkage cracks and nail
pops and will touch up the repaired area using the same paint
color that was on the surface when the home was delivered.
Touch-ups will be visible and should be expected, for which
the Builder is not responsible.
This maintenance touch up does not include caulking of
painted millwork. (See also: Wood Trim for more information).
“Flashing” is normal when fresh paint is used to touch up
existing areas. It will be more noticeable on long spans of
walls, or walls with light shining down them. Mattamy Homes
will not paint whole walls because of this condition.
Repainting the entire wall or the entire room to correct this
is your choice and responsibility. You are also responsible
for custom paint colors or wallpaper that has been applied
subsequent to closing. Mattamy homes will not reapply
wallpaper or your custom paints in repaired drywall areas. It
is your choice whether Mattamy Homes repairs the drywall
in these areas due to your custom wall п¬Ѓnish being affected.
Due to the effects of time on paint and wallpaper, as well as
possible dye lot variations, touch-ups are unlikely to match
the surrounding area.
Lighting Conditions
Mattamy Homes does not repair minor drywall flaws that
are only visible under direct lighting conditions. Direct light
cascading across a wall will emphasize any and all minor
blemishes that are normal in п¬Ѓnished drywall assemblies.
Mattamy Homes reserves the right to determine if a blemish
is warrantable or not.
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EASEMENTS
Homeowner Use And Care Guidelines
Easements are areas where such things as utility supply
lines can pass through your property. They permit service
to your lot and adjacent lots, now and in the future. Yours
may include drainage easements, meaning the runoff from
adjacent lots pass across your property. Likewise, water
from your property may run across a neighboring lot.
Easements are recorded and are permanent.
Utility companies, the United States Postal Service, and
others have the right to install equipment in easements.
These might include streetlights, mailboxes, or junction
boxes to name a few. Neither Mattamy Homes nor you as
the homeowner have the authority to prevent, interfere with,
or alter these installations. Plans for the location of such
items are subject to change by the various entities involved.
Because they have no obligation to keep Mattamy Homes
informed of such changes, we are unable to predict specific
sites that will include such equipment.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Know the location of the breaker panel (usually located in
the garage); it includes a main shut-off that controls all the
electrical power to the home. Individual breakers control the
separate circuits. Each breaker is marked to help you identify
which breaker is connected to which major appliances,
outlets, or other service. Should a failure occur in any parts
of your home, always check GFI’s if applicable and/or the
breakers in the main panel box.
Breakers
Circuit breakers have three positions: on, off, and tripped.
When a circuit breaker trips, it must п¬Ѓrst be turned off before
it can be turned on. Switching the breaker directly from
tripped to on will not restore service.
Breakers Tripping
Breakers trip because of overloads caused by plugging too
many appliances into the circuit, a worn cord or defective
appliance, or operating an appliance with too high a voltage
requirement for the circuit. The starting of an electric motor
can also trip a breaker.
If any circuit trips repeatedly, unplug all items connected to
it and reset. If it trips when nothing is connected to it, you
need to call a qualified an electrician to inspect the circuit.
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If the circuit remains on, one of the items you unplugged is
defective and will require repair or replacement.
Fixture Location
We install light п¬Ѓxtures in the locations indicated at your per
plan, unless specifically noted otherwise via option. Moving
fixtures to accommodate specific furniture arrangements or
room use is a Homeowner responsibility.
GFI (Ground-Fault Interrupters)
GFI receptacles are required by building code as a safety
feature. The outlets in all the bathrooms, the kitchen, patio
or balcony, and exterior are connected to a GFI. It is a
sensitive system that trips easily to prevent electrical shock
in these locations. Heavy appliances or power tools can trip
the GFI breaker. If you “trip” a GFI, simply push the reset
button to reactivate it.
Caution: Never plug a refrigerator or food freezer into a GFIcontrolled outlet. The likelihood of the contents being ruined
is high and the limited warranty does not cover such damage.
Each GFI circuit has a test and reset button. Once each
month, press the test button. This will trip the circuit. To
return service, press the reset button. If a GFI breaker trips
during normal use, it may indicate a faulty appliance and you
will need to investigate the problem. One GFI breaker can
control up to three or four outlets, which can be located in
the same or different rooms.
GFI’s can and do wear out. If they continue to trip and/or
reset, they may need to be replaced. In the event of a bad
GFI, Mattamy Homes strongly recommends the homeowner
hire a licensed electrician to replace the defective unit.
In laundry rooms with utility sinks, a GFI outlet will be
provided, and will protect all outlets within the room. If you
п¬Ѓnd that your washer/dryer is not working, check this GFI
п¬Ѓrst, before calling the Mattamy Homes Warranty Department.
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Arc Fault/GFI (Ground-Fault Interrupters) Circuits
Three Way Switches
Arc Fault/GFI circuits are required by code, these protectors
are required in all bedrooms of homes built after January 1,
2008. These protect you by detecting faults and tripping the
circuit if needed. If they do trip, turn them completely off at
the circuit breaker panel and then turn them back on. These
breakers can be highly sensitive to certain home appliances
and lightning in the area. If the AFP/GFI continues to trip,
contact the Warranty Department of Mattamy Homes.
Three way switches are one light controlled by two different
switches. Because of this it is possible for one switch to be in
the “OFF“ position and the light be on and vice versa.
Underground Cables
Before digging, check the location of buried service leads by
calling the local utility locating service. Maintain positive drainage
around the foundation to protect electrical service connections.
Buzzing And/Or Flickering
Fluorescent п¬Ѓxtures use transformer action to operate them.
This action sometimes causes a buzzing. It is also normal to
see a flickering when the bulbs are warming up.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
No Electrical Service Anywhere Tn The Home
Grounded System
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
Your electrical system is a three-wire grounded system. Never
remove the bare wire that connects to the box or device. Do
not disconnect the wire from the ground rod/Ufer ground.
This is generally located in the garage behind a blank plate.
• Service is not out in the entire neighborhood.
If so, contact the utility company.
• Main breaker and individual breakers are all
in the ON position.
Light Bulbs
No Electrical To One Or More Outlets
You are responsible for replacing burned-out bulbs other than
those noted during your New Home Orientation.
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
Bulbs burnt out by power surges, which are due to local
conditions, are not warranted. This applies to any other
damage, including damage done to appliances, by power
surges. Please use bulbs within the fixture’s rated capacity.
Using bulbs with a rating greater than the fixture’s capacity
may damage the п¬Ѓxture or shorten bulb life.
• Main breaker and individual breakers are all in
the ON position.
• Applicable wall switch is ON.
• GFI is set (see details on GFI’s, earlier in this section).
• Item you want to use is plugged in.
• Item you want to use works in other outlets.
Outlets
• Bulb in the lamp is good.
If an outlet is not working, check п¬Ѓrst to see if it is controlled
by a wall switch or GFI. Next, check the breaker.
Even if the troubleshooting tips do not identify a solution,
the information you gather will be useful to the service
provider you call.
If there are small children in the home, install safety plugs to
cover unused outlets. Teach children to never touch electrical
outlets, sockets, or п¬Ѓxtures. All outlets in homes are now
required to be tamper resistant as well.
Electrical outlet on exterior walls may permit airflow through
the outlet. This is normal and no corrective action is required.
Caulking around the perimeter of the box may eliminate the
airflow, and is a homeowner maintenance item.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation, we confirm that light
п¬Ѓxtures are in acceptable condition and that all bulbs are
working properly. Mattamy Homes limited warranty excludes
any light п¬Ѓxtures. These are warranted directly through the
lighting supplier.
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FIBERGLASS TUBS AND SHOWERS
Designed Load
During the construction process it is normal to have minor
surface blemishes on п¬Ѓberglass tub and shower units.
Over time many of these will disappear with normal usage.
Mattamy Homes will repair any electrical wiring that fails to
carry its designed load to meet specifications.
GFI (Ground-Fault Interrupters)
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for food spoilage that results
from your plugging refrigerators or freezers into a GFI outlet.
Power Surge
Power surges are the result of local conditions beyond the
control of Mattamy Homes and are excluded from limited
warranty coverage. These can result in burned-out bulbs
or damage to sensitive electronic equipment such as TVs,
alarm systems, and computers.
Damage resulting from lightning strikes is excluded from
limited warranty coverage.
Emergency Contacts
Emergency service covers any of the following situations:
1.Total loss of air conditioning.
2.Total loss of electricity.
3.Plumbing leak that requires the
entire water supply to be shut off.
4.Total sewage stoppage.
If an emergency occurs during regular business hours of
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, please call our
Warranty Department at 904-279-9521 for assistance.
Blemishes
Blemishes that are warranted are any BREAK in the surface,
i.e., deep scratches, small chips, small cracks, etc. Tubs and
showers must be inspected at the New Home Orientation and
any issues noted on the New Home Orientation Checklist.
Only items noted on this list will be repaired.
For normal cleaning use a nonabrasive bathroom cleanser
(or a mild detergent and water) and sponge or nylon cleaning
pad. Avoid steel wool, scrapers, and scouring pads.
Whirlpool Tubs
If your home includes a jetted tub follow manufacturer
directions for its use and care. Never operate the jets unless
the water level is at least one inch above the jets. Be cautious
about using the tub if you are pregnant or have heart disease
or high blood pressure; discuss the use of the tub with your
doctor. Tie or pin long hair to keep it away from the jets where
it might become tangled, a potentially dangerous event. Clean
and disinfect the system every one to two months, depending
on usage. Avoid abrasive cleansers.
NOTE: Be sure to clean out your whirlpool tub before taking
your п¬Ѓrst bath. The jets are packed in oil, which needs to be
cleaned off. Follow these instructions to clean out the tub:
1.Fill the tub with water at least 1" over the jets.
For after hours EMERGENCIES (Monday through Friday after
5:00 pm, and Saturdays/Sundays), please call the appropriate
contractor from your “After Hours Emergency Contacts” on
the magnetic label given to you at your New Home Orientation
OR call our main line which is monitored at: 904-279-9521
2.Add one tablespoon of Cascade (or any other
DISHWASHER - not dishwashing- soap).
Mattamy Homes cannot be responsible for any bills sent to
the homeowner for a non-emergency issue. Please submit
all non-emergency issues in writing to the Mattamy Homes
Warranty Department.
Repeat the above 4 steps for a total of three times.
Email:[email protected]
Mail: Mattamy Homes Jacksonville Division
Attn: Warranty Department
7800 Belfort Parkway
Suite 195
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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3.Run the jets for 15 minutes.
4.Empty.
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FIREPLACE
Gas Fireplace
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
In many homes, Mattamy Homes offers a direct-vent gas
п¬Ѓreplace. If you selected this type of п¬Ѓreplace, its operation
is demonstrated during the New Home Orientation. Read
and follow all manufacturers’ directions and maintenance
requirements. A short delay between turning the switch on
and flame ignition is normal. If you notice any gas smell,
immediately shut off the switch and report it to the gas
company. Excessive winds can cause a downdraft, which
can blow out the pilot, requiring you to relight it before
using the п¬Ѓreplace.
Fireplaces are not intended to be the sole heat source in the
home. The п¬Ѓreplace should function properly when Mattamy
Homes’ and the manufacturer’s directions are followed.
Discoloration
Discoloration of the п¬Ѓrebox or brick is a normal result of use
and requires no corrective action. Mortar-style п¬Ѓreplaces may
develop cracks due to temperature changes and other factors.
Discoloration of adjacent materials due to excessive use or
heat buildup is also not covered.
Glass
Caution: The exterior vent cover for a direct-vent gas п¬Ѓreplace
becomes extremely hot when the п¬Ѓreplace is operating.
Do not touch vent cover!
Damage to glass will be corrected if noted during at the
New Home Orientation.
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Start Up
To break in your п¬Ѓreplace we suggest the following:
• Burn for 30 Minutes, off for at least 30 minutes.
• Burn for 60 Minutes, off for at least 60 minutes.
• Burn for 120 Minutes, off for at least 120 minutes.
This can, but does not need to, be done all at one time.
Once you have completed these burning cycles, you can
use your п¬Ѓreplace as often or as little as you like. Be advised,
when your п¬Ѓreplace is new, there will be an odor when
you are burning for the п¬Ѓrst 8-16 hours. This is normal
and will go away.
Cleaning
Use a п¬Ѓreplace glass cleaner (found at hardware and
п¬Ѓreplace stores) to clean off any residue that builds up
on the glass.
Clean monthly or as needed but be sure not to wait too long
as the residue can become permanent and the glass would
need to be replaced. This would not be covered by warranty.
Use caution in the selection of cleaners. Some cleaners give
off flammable vapors and can take time to clear out. Do not
light your п¬Ѓreplace or leave pilot light lit to dry the internal
surfaces, this can lead to and explosion.
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In units with п¬Ѓre suppression systems, the system is
specific to your unit only. This means, if there is a fire,
only the sprinkler in the area of the п¬Ѓre will go off.
How your system works is each sprinkler head has a glass
bulb in it. The bulb in the sprinkler head will break if the
temperature in a room reaches 155В°F or higher, activating
the sprinkler in that area only. Use care not to break the bulb
manually. Sprinkler heads are not to be used to hang close or
decorations from.
Because the п¬Ѓre system is pre-п¬Ѓlled with water, do not drain
the system down; if you do, an alarm will sound and a strobe
will flash. This is not a monitored system.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Annual inspection, by a qualified fire Suppression Contractor,
is a homeowner responsibility, and is recommended by
Mattamy Homes; however, this is not covered by any
Mattamy Homes warranty or the Homeowner’s Association.
After your one-year Warranty Service Review, any remaining
warranty on your п¬Ѓre suppression system is held through
the supplier.
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FLOOR COVERINGS
CARPET
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Your Selection Sheets provide a record of the style and color
of floor coverings in your home. Please retain this information
for future reference. Refer to the various Manufacturer’s
recommendations for additional information on the care of
your floor coverings. Please keep carpet remnants left in your
home for possible future repair.
Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for additional
information on care of all floor-covering products.
Burns
Take care of any kind of burn immediately. First, snip off the
darkened п¬Ѓbers. Then use a soapless cleaner and sponge
with water. If the burn is extensive, talk with a professional
about replacing the damaged area.
Cleaning
You can add years to the life of your carpet with regular care.
Carpet wears out because of foot traffic and dirt particles
that get trampled deep into the pile beyond the suction of
the vacuum. The dirt particles wear down the п¬Ѓbers like
sandpaper and dull the carpet. The most important thing you
can do to protect your carpet is to vacuum it frequently.
Vacuum twice each week lightly and once a week thoroughly.
Heavy traffic areas may require more frequent cleaning.
A light vacuuming is three passes; a thorough job may need
seven passes. A vacuum cleaner with a beater-bar agitates
the pile and is more effective in bringing dirt to the surface for
easy removal.
Wipe up spills and clean stains immediately. For best results,
blot or dab any spill or stain; avoid rubbing. Always test stain
removers on an out-of-the-way area of the carpet, such as in
a closet, to check for any undesirable effects.
Have your carpet professionally cleaned regularly, usually after
18 months in your home, then once a year after that.
Crushing
Furniture and traffic may crush a carpet’s pile fibers. Frequent
vacuuming in high-traffic areas and glides or cups under
heavy pieces of furniture can help prevent this. Rotating your
furniture to change the traffic pattern in a room promotes
more even wear. Some carpets resist matting and crushing
because of their level of п¬Ѓber, but this does not imply or
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guarantee that no matting or crushing will occur. Heavy traffic
areas such as halls and stairways are more susceptible to
wear and crushing. This is considered normal wear.
Fading
Science has yet to develop a color that will not fade with
time. All carpets will slowly lose some color due to natural
and artificial forces in the environment. You can slow this
process by frequently removing soil with vacuuming, regularly
changing air п¬Ѓlters in heating and air conditioning systems,
keeping humidity and room temperature from getting too high,
and reducing sunlight exposure with window coverings.
Pilling And/Or Fuzzing
Pilling or small balls of п¬Ѓber can appear on your carpet,
depending on the type of carpet fiber and the type of traffic.
If this occurs, clip off the pills. If they cover a large area,
seek professional advice. In loop carpets, п¬Ѓbers may break,
creating fuzzing. Simply clip the excess п¬Ѓbers. If it continues,
call a professional.
Rippling
With wall-to-wall carpeting, high humidity may cause rippling.
If the carpet remains rippled after the humidity has left, have
a professional re-stretch the carpeting using a power stretcher,
not a knee-kicker.
Seams
Carpet usually comes in 12' widths, making seams necessary
in most rooms. Visible seams are not a defect unless they
have been improperly made or unless the material has a
defect, making the seams appear more pronounced than
normal. The more dense and uniform the carpet texture,
the more visible the seams will be.
Carpet styles with low, tight naps result in the most visible
seams. Seams are never more visible than when the carpet
is п¬Ѓrst installed. Patterned or Berber carpet seams will show.
Shading
Shading is an inherent quality of п¬Ѓne-cut pile carpets.
Household traffic causes pile fibers to assume different
angles; as a result, the carpet appears darker or lighter in
these areas. A good vacuuming, which makes the pile all
go in the same direction, provides a temporary remedy.
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Shedding
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
New carpeting, especially pile, sheds bits of п¬Ѓber for a
period of time. Eventually these loose п¬Ѓbers are removed
by vacuuming. Shedding usually occurs more with wool
carpeting than with nylon or other synthetics.
Sharp-edged objects can grab or snag the carpet п¬Ѓber.
When this occurs, cut off the snag. If the snag is especially
large, call a professional.
During your New Home Orientation, we will confirm that
your carpet is in acceptable condition. We will correct
stains or spots noted at this time by cleaning, patching, or
replacement. Mattamy Homes is not responsible for dye
lot variations if replacements are made. The builder is not
responsible for discontinued patterns/colors. Please keep the
pieces of carpet left in the home for these instances. This will
help avoid the dye lot changes and discontinuations. Damage
that occurs due to Homeowner negligence is not warranted.
Stains
Edges
No carpet is stain-proof. Although your carpet manufacturer
designates your carpet as stain - resistant, some substances
may still cause permanent staining. These include hair dyes,
shoe polish, paints, and India ink. Some substances destroy
or change the color of carpets, including bleaches, acne
medications, drain cleaners, plant food, insecticides, and
food or beverages with strongly colored natural dyes, as
found in some brands of mustard and herbal tea.
Edges of carpet along moldings and edges of stairs should
be held п¬Ѓrmly in place. In some areas, metal or other edging
material may be used where carpet meets another floor covering.
Snags
Seams
Carpet seams will be visible. Mattamy Homes will repair
any gaps or fraying.
Floor Squeaks See Framing.
Refer to your care and maintenance brochures for recommended
cleaning procedures for your particular п¬Ѓber. Pretest any
spot-removal solution in an inconspicuous area before
using it in a large area. Apply several drops of the solution,
hold a white tissue on the area, and count to ten. Examine
both tissue and carpet for dye transfer and check for
carpet damage.
Carpet seams are not a defect but a limitation of the product.
Seams will show but visible openings are not acceptable.
Mattamy Homes will correct affected areas so openings are
not visible. Carpet seams usually improve with time and use
but may not completely go away.
Static
Carpet Stretch Loosens
Cooler temperatures outside often contribute to static
electricity inside. You can use or install a humidifier to
help control static build-up.
Wall to wall carpeting should not separate from the points of
attachment. Mattamy Homes will re-stretch and/or secure
carpeting as necessary. When moving furniture, be sure not
to drag it across the carpet, this will cause it to loosen.
Tack Strips
Tack strips are placed under the carpet and are necessary to
hold the carpet in place. Mattamy Homes will do their best
to bend the prongs so they do not come through the carpet.
If tack strip prongs come through the carpet after closing,
you may use a hammer to bend down the prongs. Do not
hammer down large areas of the tack strips, as this may
cause your carpet to come loose and will not be warranted
by Mattamy Homes.
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Gaps In Seams
Matting
Please refer to your manufacturer’s specifications for further
details. Mattamy Homes will correct carpet that is not
performing to these specifications.
Staining Or Fading
No carpet is totally stain proof. Spills and accidents should be
cleaned up immediately. These damages are non warrantable.
Also, there is no carpet available that will not fade from
exposure to the sun. Keep blinds, curtains and/or shade
drawn as needed.
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HARDWOOD
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Cleaning
Preventive maintenance is the primary goal to ensure a long
beautiful life of your hardwood floor.
Dirt is your hardwood floors worst enemy. Vacuum or
sweep on a daily basis or as needed. Always damp-mop,
never wet-mop a hardwood floor. Excessive water causes
wood to expand and can possibly damage the floor. When
polyurethane п¬Ѓnishes become soiled, use a damp-mop with
a mixture of one-cup vinegar to one gallon of warm water.
When damp-mopping, remove all excess water from the
mop. If your floors are not dry within minutes, you are using
too much water. Do not use steam cleaners as they will add
moisture to your floors and may void the warranty.
All wood, including your hardwood floors, will respond to
weather and humidity. Expansion and contraction of the
floors is a process and takes months to either expand or
contract. Please allow plenty of time to pass before becoming
concerned about gaps in your floor. It is very important to
maintain proper humidity levels to minimize the movement
of your hardwood floors.
Installation of storm doors on all exterior doors, especially
atrium doors, will help protect your hardwood floors.
If you add a deck, be sure to keep the deck/patio at least 4"
below the patio doorsill or damage to your floor will result.
The following information is from NOFMA; THE
NATIONAL WOOD FLOORING MANUFACTURERS
ASSOCIATION’S Web Site:
All the wood in your home will contract and expand
according to the moisture in the air. Doors and windows may
swell and stick during rainy seasons. In dry, cold weather,
cracks and п¬Ѓne lines of separation may appear in wall
cabinets and furniture. This is the characteristic of wood
because wood is a product of nature, and its natural quality
is what makes it desirable.
Cracks:
The same reaction to humidity or the lack of it is happening
constantly in your wood floors. Tiny cracks between the
edges of boards appear when dry conditions are produced
by your heating system. Simply installing a humidifier can
REDUCE this. A balance of moisture in the house is beneficial
not only to the house, but people, too.
Squeaks:
When interiors become damp in rainy weather, boards
may expand so that edges rub together and produce a
squeak. Improper fastening of the floor or sub floor can
also cause squeaks.
Good Choices For Cleaning Your floors:
1.Damp mop using 409 and water solution or dishwasher (not
dishwashing) detergent and water solution.
2.Damp mop using Windex and water or vinegar and water
solution. Use only Windex - not other glass cleaners as they
may contain silicone, which dulls the п¬Ѓnish.
3.Buff floor as needed to shine.
If your floors are not very dirty, skip step one and use only
steps two and three. All mixes should be half a cup product
to half a gallon of water.
PRODUCTS NOT TO USE ON YOUR WOOD FLOORS
• Murphy’s Oil soap or similar products.
• Endust, Pledge, or any other “no wax” furniture products.
• Mop & Glo, Brite, or any other floor polishes that
leave a sheen behind.
Dimples
Placing heavy furniture, walking across hardwood flooring
with high heel shoes, or dropping heavy or sharp objects on
hardwood floors can result in dimples.
Filmy Appearance
A white, п¬Ѓlmy appearance can result from moisture, often
from wet shoes or boots being worn on the floor. Also, some
cleaning products can leave a film. Use a buffing cloth to
clean and shine this up.
Floor Squeaks See Framing.
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Furniture Legs
Shoes
Install proper floor protectors (such as felt or Teflon) on
furniture placed on hardwood floors. Protectors will allow
chairs to move easily over the floor without scuffing. Make
sure the floors under the furniture are clean and that you
Do not wear high heel shoes on your hardwood floors. If you
do, it is best to keep them in good repair. Heels that have
lost their protective cap (thus exposing the fastening nail) will
exert over 8,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the
floor. That’s enough to damage hardened concrete; therefore,
it will mark your wood floor.
regularly clean the protectors to remove any grit that may
have accumulated. Furniture casters may damage wood
floors. Gray, non-marking, casters are the best. Avoid any
plastic casters; they will scratch your п¬Ѓnish.
Humidity
Wood floors respond noticeably to changes in humidity
and temperature. Especially during winter months the
individual planks or pieces expand and contract as water
content changes. A humidifier helps but does not
eliminate this reaction.
Spills
Clean up food spills immediately with a dry cloth. Use a
vinegar-and-warm-water solution for tough food spills.
Sun Exposure
It is recommended that you keep your home’s humidity level
in check during cold winter months. A dehumidifier may be
necessary in the summer months.
Exposure to direct sunlight can cause irreparable damage to
hardwood floors. To preserve the beauty of your hardwood
floors, install and use window coverings in these areas. If you
have rugs or mats in areas exposed to the sun, your floor will
fade or darken in the areas not covered by rugs or mats.
This fading and darkening of the floor is to be expected under
direct light exposure, and is not considered a product failure.
Mats And Area Rugs
Traffic Paths
Use protective mats at entrance doors to help prevent
sand and grit from getting on the floor. Gritty sand is wood
flooring’s worst enemy, using a dirt trapping mat on the
exterior will help to keep it out. Use a rug in front of your sink.
However, be aware that rubber backing on area rugs or mats
can cause yellowing and warping of the floor surface. Natural
п¬Ѓber rugs are recommended.
A dulling of the finish in heavy traffic areas is likely due to foot
traffic wearing down the surface. Dulling of finish as a result
of heavy traffic is a non-warrantable item.
Re-Coating
Floors can and should be recoated. How well you care for
them will determine how often you will need to recoat them.
A hardwood floor should be re-coated when the original
п¬Ѓnish shows signs of wear but before it has worn down
to bare wood.
Note, that types and styles of flooring will have limits to
re-coating. For example, hand scraped floors cannot be
sanded functionally without removing the hand scraping.
Care should be taken prior to considering any re-coating job.
**Multifamily Units**
Carefully follow manufacturer guidelines before recoating
or resurfacing your hardwood floor.
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Warping
Warping will occur if the floor repeatedly becomes wet or is
thoroughly soaked even once. Slight warping in the area of
heat vents or heat-producing appliances is also typical.
Wax/Oil Soap
Waxing and the use of products like oil soap are neither
necessary nor recommended. Once you wax a polyurethane
finish floor, recoating is difficult because the new finish will
not bond to the wax. It can affect the current п¬Ѓnish of your
floor, and it will cost you more to refinish the floor in the
future. Be sure to use either Vinegar and water, Windex and
water or any cleaner that is polyurethane safe. Also be sure
to not overspray any cleaning products directly onto the
hardwood floor.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation we will confirm that your
hardwood floors are in acceptable condition. We will correct
any readily noticeable cosmetic defects listed during the
New Home Orientation. You are responsible for routine
maintenance of hardwood floors and cosmetic defects
noted after your closing date.
Mattamy Homes will correct any defects in materials and
workmanship that exist in the п¬Ѓrst year after closing.
Cracking And/Or Separation Of Boards
To prevent damage to your vinyl floors, floor protectors
should be used on all furniture that is placed on these
floors. Also, high heel shoes should not be worn when
walking on these floors.
Here are a few suggestions that can be used to prevent
staining of your vinyl floors:
• Direct sunlight can discolor floors. Protect your floors
from the sunlight - this includes skylights.
• Rubber back mats can discolor your floors. We
recommend natural п¬Ѓber rugs with no rubber backing.
Cracks (in boards, not between boards) in excess of 1/8"
in width will be corrected. Wood floors should not have
more than a 1/4" ridge or depression within any 32" area
measured parallel to the floor joists. Mattamy Homes will, at
their discretion, repair or replace wood floors that exceed the
performance standard. If there is a replacement, Mattamy
Homes will match grain and stain as closely as possible,
but color variations are to be expected and are not the
responsibility of the Builder.
• Deck stains and oil base paints can discolor. Be sure
to use a mat and/or remove shoes before walking on the
resilient floors.
VINYL
• Protect your floors from burns (anything over 120° F).
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
• Lawn fertilizers can discolor floors,
wipe and/or remove your shoes before
walking on these floors.
Although vinyl floors are designed for minimum care, they
do require some maintenance. Regular application of a good
floor finish is needed to keep your floors looking nice. This
will help maintain the glossy п¬Ѓnish.
The resilient flooring used in your home is “No Wax”. This
means it is coated with a clear, tough coating that provides
both a shiny appearance and long wearing surface. However,
even this surface will mark. Follow the manufacturer’s
recommendations for care and cleaning.
Wipe up spills and vacuum crumbs instead of washing
resilient floors frequently with water. Mopping or washing with
water should be limited as excessive amounts of water can
penetrate seams and get under the edges cause them to lift
and curl.
Your selection sheet provides a record of color and style
of the vinyl used in your home. Excess pieces of vinyl are
left in the home for possible use if future damage occurs.
Do not throw these out.
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• Asphalt driveways and driveway sealers can track onto
your floors. Wipe or remove your shoes.
• Use only manufacturer recommended products on your
vinyl floors. Also, when cleaning countertops and/or
appliances, be sure the cleaners you use for these do not
get on your resilient floors.
Excess water should be kept off the vinyl floors, use a damp
mop, sweep or vacuum when cleaning. Keep wet shoes and
boots off these floors or keep on a mat. Water from bathtubs
and showers should be wiped up immediately. Maintain
caulking near sinks and at bathtubs and shower connections
to vinyl flooring.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Bubbles And/Or Seams Coming Loose
Vinyl floors do not normally come loose during the warranty
period unless they were exposed to excessive water.
This is typically due to Homeowner negligence, which
is not warranted.
Mattamy Homes will only repair if the issue was noted on
the original New Home Orientation Checklist.
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FOOTINGS & WALLS
Denting
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
The nature of vinyl flooring makes it possible to deform the
surface permanently. Any load of high pressure can damage
it. Examples are: High heels, furniture legs, or anything that
exerts a lot of weight in a small area. Mattamy Homes will
repair any scrapes, gouges, holes, nicks, dents, rips or any
other repairs of this type only if they were listed on the original
New Home Orientation checklist. Dye lot variations are to be
expected, for which the Builder is not responsible.
We install the foundation of your home according to the
plans and specifications required by state and municipal
codes. The walls of the foundation (if applicable) are
typically block where needed, and all monolithic slabs are
poured concrete. To protect your home’s foundation, follow
guidelines for installation and maintenance of landscaping
and drainage in this guidebook. It is important to maintain
positive drainage away from your foundation.
The builder is not responsible for discontinued patterns/
colors. Please keep the pieces of vinyl left in your home
for these instances. This will avoid the dye lot changes
and discontinuations.
Even though an engineer designed the foundation
and we constructed it according to engineered code
requirements, surface cracks can still develop in the
wall or slab. Surface cracks are not detrimental to the
structural integrity of your home.
Floor Squeaks See Framing.
Nails Popping Through The Floor
Nail pops that have broken through the floor covering will
be repaired. Mattamy Homes will set the nail and repair
the flooring above it. Dye lot variations are to be expected,
for which the Builder is not responsible. The builder is not
responsible for discontinued patterns/colors. Please keep
the pieces of vinyl left in your home for these instances.
This will avoid the dye lot changes and discontinuations.
Ridges And/Or Depressions
Ridges or depressions exceeding a 1/4" within a 32" area
measuring perpendicular to the ridge or depression will be
repaired. The Builder will correct the floor by shimming the
floor, pulling the sub floor down, or other methods required to
meet the performance standard. Dye lot variations are to be
expected, for which the Builder is not responsible. The Builder
is not responsible for discontinued patterns/colors. Please
keep the pieces of vinyl left in your home for these instances.
This will avoid the dye lot changes and discontinuations.
Staining
Vinyl floors can stain due to various reasons. Typical stains
are not warranted as stains are mainly caused by negligence
not manufacturer defects or improper installation. If a stain
was not due to negligence, Mattamy Homes will correct
the affected areas. Dye lot variations are to be expected,
for which the Builder is not responsible. The Builder is not
responsible for discontinued patterns/colors. Please keep
the pieces of vinyl left in your home for these instances.
This will avoid the dye lot changes and discontinuations.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes will warrant against defects in materials
and workman - ship on foundation wall, slab and footing
assemblies according to the 10-year Jacksonville
Structural Warranty.
Cosmetic Imperfections
Slight cosmetic imperfections in foundation wall or slabs,
such as a visible seam where two pours meet or slight
honeycombing (aggregate visible) are possible and require
no repair unless they permit water to enter.
Cracks
Cracks in foundation slabs/walls are common and to be
expected. Mattamy Homes will correct cracks that exceed
1/4" in width, or cause displacement of at least 1/4". Cracks
that allow leakage will be repaired by epoxy injection or an
equivalently approved method of corrective action.
TO ENSURE WATER FLOWS AWAY FROM YOUR HOME,
THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN
BY THE HOMEOWNERS:
• Maintain the grading so it slopes away from
the foundation.
• If landscaping rock, wood chips, etc, are used around
the foundation of the home it is essential to install these
materials correctly so water pockets do not develop.
• Install gutters and downspouts.
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GARAGE DOOR
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Some floor and stair squeaks are unavoidable. Floor squeaks
will generally appear and disappear due to the settling of
your home as well as changes in humidity either in the home
or with the weather. A certain amount of floor shrinkage is
normal. Complete avoidance of floor squeaks is impossible
and cannot be guaranteed. Maintaining humidity levels (as
stated in the Condensation section) will help reduce, but not
eliminate, the number of squeaks.
Since the garage door is a large, moving object, periodic
maintenance is necessary. Follow manufacturer’s instructions
to ensure safe and reliable operation. Stay away from the door
when it is in motion. Keep hands and п¬Ѓngers away from moving
parts. Do not allow children to play with, or around the door.
Although Mattamy Homes does not warrant against floor
squeaks, a reasonable effort will be made to correct them.
We will try to repair the squeak in one of the following
manners, at the Builders discretion:
• Face Nailing.
• Screwing from the floor below.
• Pulling up the floor covering and screwing
from the floor above.
Floor Deflection
Floors will deflect (bend) when walked on or with the
installation and placement of furnishings. This will be more
noticeable next to hutches, bookcases, pianos, chairs, and
other heavy furniture. This is not a structural deficiency and
Mattamy Homes will take no action for this occurrence.
Floor Level
Floors will be level to within 1/4" within any 32" distance
as measured perpendicular to any ridge or indentation.
Plumb/Bowed Walls
Mattamy Homes will correct walls that are out of plumb more
than 1/2" in an 8' distance or walls that are bowed more than
1/4" in any 32" measurement.
Lubrication
Every 6 months, apply a lubricant such as silicone spray or
30 weight automobile oil to all moving parts: track, rollers,
hinges, pulleys, and springs. Avoid over lubricating to
prevent drips on vehicles or the concrete floor. At the same
time, check to see that all hardware is tight and operating
as intended without binding or scraping. DO NOT attempt
to alter or replace the garage door, seek the assistance of a
professional to ensure personal safety.
If the lock becomes stiff, use a graphite lubricant. Do not
use oil as it will stiffen in winter and make the lock more
difficult to open.
Opener (If Applicable)
To prevent damage to a garage door opener, be sure the door
is completely unlocked and the rope-pull has been removed
before using the operator. If you have an opener installed after
closing on your home, we suggest that you order it from the
company that provided and installed the garage door to assure
uninterrupted warranty coverage. Be familiar with the steps for
manual operation of the door in the event of a power failure.
The door springs are under a considerable amount of tension
and require special tools and knowledge for accurate and
safe servicing. Have the door inspected by a professional
garage door technician after any significant impact to the
door. DO NOT attempt repair, replacement or adjustment to
the door spring; have such work done by a qualified specialist.
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Your garage door should operate smoothly and with reasonable
ease. The door can become misaligned and require adjustment.
Exercise care when opening and closing the doors. Do not fling
open or slam shut. This can cause the doors to come off of the
tracks. Mattamy Homes will correct the garage doors as needed
unless the cause is determined to be the result of Homeowner
neglect or lack of proper maintenance.
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NOTE: The installation of garage door openers may affect the
operation of the garage doors, which is not warranted by the
Builder, if the opener was not provided by Mattamy Homes.
Light, Rain, Visible
Garage overhead doors are not weatherproof and some
entrance of light rain should be expected. Garage doors
will be corrected to meet the manufacturers’ specifications
unless the cause is determined to be the result of homeowner
neglect or lack of proper maintenance.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Your garbage disposal requires some special attention.
When operating, you should only use cold water. Do not use
commercial drain cleaners. Grind some ice cubes and lemon
peels to clean and freshen.
Garbage disposals should be used for small, soft items. Large
quantities of food can cause clogs. Make sure you do not use
your disposal for bones, coffee grounds, celery, potato skins,
any vegetable or fruit containing fibers or “strings”.
Clogs
Many clogs are caused by improper usage. Always use
plenty of cold water when running the disposal. Run the
water while you are grinding and for at least 30 seconds
after you are done.
If you do clog your disposal, there is a wrench that can be
inserted into the bottom of the disposal. This will allow you
to manually turn the chamber to free up the clog. Also, there
is a reset button under the disposal. If you clog it, it will shut
itself down so it doesn’t burn out the motor. If this happens,
push the reset button to engage the motor.
GAS SHUT OFF
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
You will п¬Ѓnd shut-offs on gas lines near their connection to
each item that operates on gas. In addition, there is a main
shut-off at the meter. We point these out during the New
Home Orientation.
Gas Leak
If you suspect a gas leak, leave the home and call the
gas company from an outside line, or a neighbor’s home,
immediately for emergency service. Do not use your phone,
turn lights on or off in the home as either one of these could
cause a small static spark, which could ignite the flammable gas.
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The gas company is responsible for leaks up to
the meter. Mattamy Homes will correct leaks from
the meter into the home for appliances installed
by Mattamy Homes. Aftermarket installations
are not covered.
GRADING & DRAINAGE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Once the п¬Ѓnal grade around your home has been completed,
an inspection of the lot will be done. Our surveyor completes
a grading certificate and then the local building authorities
compare the survey to the plan and either accept it or
reject it. Once the survey has been accepted, it is then the
Homeowner’s responsibility for erosion control of the property.
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for weather related damage
to un-landscaped yards after п¬Ѓnal grade or closing, whichever
came last. Yards drain from one to another. You and your
neighbors share an overall drainage plan for the community.
This plan is created and approved by the City. Mattamy Homes
does not have the authority to change it.
“As Built” Survey
An “As Built” Survey may be performed where required prior
to closing to assure the grade matches the grading plan of
the city. The “As Built” Survey is performed by certified land
surveyors, or inspected by Mattamy Homes, and approved by
the city or county. Landscaping that alters the designed plan,
and its effects are not warranted by Mattamy Homes.
Drainage
In most cases, drainage swales do not follow property
boundaries. Maintain the slopes around your home to permit
the water to drain positively away from the home as rapidly
as possible.
This is essential to protect your foundation. Failure to
do so can result in major structural damage and will
void your warranty.
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GRADING & DRAINAGE CONTINUED
Exterior Finish Materials
Backfill Settlement
Maintain soil levels 6" below siding, stucco, brick, or other
exterior п¬Ѓnish materials. Contact with the soil can cause
deterioration of the exterior п¬Ѓnish material and encourages
pest infestation.
Backfilled ground will settle. Mattamy Homes will grade
your yard prior to closing (weather permitting) and п¬Ѓll any
settling at that time. Mattamy Homes will correct settlement in
excess of 6 inches one time only during the п¬Ѓrst year. If such
settlement occurs Mattamy Homes will not be responsible for
any damage to landscape items or additions not installed by
Mattamy Homes. After the п¬Ѓrst year maintaining the grading of
the yard is a homeowner maintenance responsibility.
Lot Not Draining Properly
After a normal rainfall, water should not stand in the yard for
more that 24 hours, 48 hours in swales. NOTE: No decisions
will be made regarding drainage problems while saturation
exists in the ground. Mattamy Homes is responsible for
establishing the proper grade and swales according to the
city or county grading plan. Mattamy Homes will not be
responsible for the grade, if the established grade has
been altered.
It is essential that you maintain the slopes around your
home to permit the water to drain away from your home as
fast as possible. Failure to do so can result in damage and
will void your warranty.
Settling
The area we prepare for your home’s foundation is larger than
the home to allow room to work. In addition, some trenching is
necessary for installation of utility lines.
Although we replace and compact the soil, it does not return
to its original density or undisturbed state. Some settling will
occur, especially after prolonged or heavy rainfall. Settling can
continue for several years. Inspect the perimeter of your home
regularly for signs of settling and п¬Ѓll settled areas as needed to
maintain positive drainage.
Subsurface Drains
Occasionally Mattamy Homes installs a subsurface drain to
ensure that surface water drains from a yard adequately. Keep
this area and especially the drain cover clear of debris so that
the drain can function as intended.
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We established the п¬Ѓnal grade to ensure adequate drainage
away from the home and per the county approved site plan.
Maintaining this drainage is your responsibility.
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Erosion
Mattamy Homes is not responsible for weather-caused
damage to unlandscaped yards after the п¬Ѓnal grade has
been established or the closing date, whichever occurs last.
Swales
Mattamy Homes does not alter drainage patterns to suit
individual landscape plans. Typically, a lot receives water
from and passes water on to other lots, so changes in grade
often affect adjacent or nearby lots. Mattamy Homes advises
against making such changes. After heavy rain, water may
stand in swales up to 48 hours.
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HARDWARE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Filter
Doorknobs and locks should operate correctly with little
attention. Over time, they may need slight adjustments due
to normal shrinkage of the framing. Occasionally, you may
need to tighten screws or lubricate moving parts.
A clean п¬Ѓlter will help to keep your home clean and reduce
dusting chores. Remember to change or clean the п¬Ѓlter
monthly. A clogged filter can slow airflow and cause uneven
heating and cooling. It can even shut down your system.
Although it takes less than one minute to change the п¬Ѓlter,
this is one of the most frequently overlooked details of
normal furnace care.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
We confirm that all hardware is in acceptable condition
during the New Home Orientation. The limited warranty
excludes repairs for cosmetic damage subsequent to the
New Home Orientation.
HEATING SYSTEM
Buy п¬Ѓlters in large quantities for the sake of convenience.
You will п¬Ѓnd the size and type printed along the edge of the
п¬Ѓlter that is in your unit. We suggest labeling them with the
month they are needed for.
AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP
Furnished Home
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
The heating system was designed with a furnished home in
mind. If you move in during the cooler part of the year and
have not yet acquired all of your draperies and furnishings,
the home may seem cooler than you would expect.
Good maintenance of your HVAC equipment can save energy
dollars and prolong the life of the system. Carefully read and
follow the manufacturer’s literature on use and maintenance.
The guidelines here include general information only.
Adjust Vents
Experiment with the adjustable registers in your home to
establish the best heat flow for your lifestyle. Generally, you
can reduce the heat in seldom-used or interior rooms. This is
an individual matter and you will need to balance the system
for your own family’s needs.
Keep in mind that heat rises and during cold weather you
may benefit from opening the vents on the lower levels of
the home and partially closing vents on the upper floors.
Reverse the process for warm summer months when the air
conditioning is used. This exercise of balancing your HVAC
(Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system can greatly
enhance your home comfort from season to season.
Duct Cleaning
Exercise caution before spending money on professional
ductwork cleaning services. A study by the EPA found that
ductwork cleaning does not improve indoor air quality, nor
was evidence found that it prevents health problems. For
more information contact the EPA and request document
EPA-402-K-97-002. Or you can view this information on
their Website: www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/.
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Odor
A new heating system may emit an odor for a few moments
when you п¬Ѓrst turn it on. An established system may emit
an odor after being unused for an extended time (such as
after the summer months if you do not use air conditioning).
This is caused by dust that has settled in the ducts and
should pass quickly.
Return Air Vents
For maximum comfort and efficient energy use, arrange
furniture and draperies to allow unobstructed airflow from
registers and to air returns.
Defrost Cycle of a Heat Pump
When a heat pump is operating in the heating mode or
heat cycle, the outdoor air is relatively cool and the outdoor
coil acts as an evaporator. Under certain conditions of
temperature and relative humidity, frost might form on the
surface of the outdoor coil. The layer of frost will interfere
with the operation of the heat pump by making the pump
work harder and, therefore, inefficiently. The frost must be
removed. A heat pump has a cycle called a defrost cycle,
which removes the frost from the outdoor coil.
A heat pump unit will defrost regularly when frost conditions
occur. The defrost cycle should be long enough to melt the
ice, and short enough to be energy-efficient.
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In the defrost cycle, the heat pump is automatically operated
in reverse, for a moment, in the cooling cycle. This action
temporarily warms up the outdoor coil and melts the frost
from the coil. In this defrost cycle, the outdoor fan is
prevented from turning on when the heat pump switches
over, and the temperature rise of the outdoor coil is
accelerated and increased.
The heat pump will operate in the defrost cycle until the
outdoor coil temperature reaches around 57В° F. The time
it takes to melt and remove accumulated frost from an
outdoor coil will vary, depending on the amount of frost and
the internal timing device of the system. A typical defrost
cycle might run from 30 seconds to a few minutes. The
defrost cycles should repeat regularly at timed intervals.
When the heat pump initiates the defrost cycle, there can
be a significant change in the operating noise of the unit
(sometimes described as a growling noise) and under
certain conditions, steam may be generated from the outdoor
condenser. This is normal. However, if your unit does not
defrost, and remains frozen for extended periods of time,
service should be contacted to verify correct operation
and prevent damage.
Comfort And Efficiency
For maximum comfort and efficiency, it is better to regulate
temperature throughout the day, rather than turn the system
off. Time is very important in your expectations of a heating
system. Unlike a light bulb, which reacts instantly when you
turn on a switch, the heating unit only begins a process when
you set the thermostat.
For example, if you come home at 6:00 pm when the
temperature has reached 55° F and set your thermostat to
70° F, the heating unit will begin heating, but will take much
longer to reach the desired temperature. During the whole
day, the home has been cooling not only the air in the house,
but the walls, the carpet, and the furniture. At 6:00 pm, the
heating unit starts heating the air, but the walls, carpet, and
furniture release cold and nullify this heating. By the time the
heating unit has heated the walls, carpet, and furniture, you
may well have lost patience.
If evening heating is your primary goal, set the thermostat
at a moderate temperature in the morning while the house
is warmer, allowing the system to maintain the warmer
temperature. The temperature setting may then be raised
slightly (3В° increments) when you arrive home, with better
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results. Once the system is operating, setting the thermostat
at 90° F will not heat the home any faster and can result in
damage to the unit. Extended use under these conditions can
damage the unit.
NOTE: Heat pumps have an electrical heating element as
back up for times where exterior temperature is too low for
the heat pump to operate efficiently. This has a high electrical
draw and can lead to high electrical bills. This element also
п¬Ѓres during both emergency heat settings as well as when
thermostat settings of 3В° or more are used. This is very
inefficient and should be avoided.
Temperature
Depending on the style of home, temperatures can normally
vary from floor to floor as much as 5° on normal days, and up
to 10В° or more on extreme temprature days. The equipment
blower will typically cycle on and off more frequently and for
shorter periods during these extremes.
Save on energy costs by setting temperatures at 68° F for
winter and 75° F in the summer.
Since hot air rises, during cold weather you may benefit from
opening the vents on the lower levels of the home and partially
closing vents on the upper floors. Reverse the process for
warm summer months when the air conditioning is used.
Run your fan in the “on” or continuous position. This will
even out your heat, help keep condensation off of your
windows, and it will actually cause less wear and tear on your
equipment. Generally, it uses the equivalent of a 100-watt
light bulb in electricity, or less.
Thermostat
The air handler will come on automatically when the
temperature at the thermostat registers below the setting
you have selected. Once the air handler is on, setting the
thermostat to a higher temperature will not heat the
home faster.
Placement of the thermostat is determined by our contractor
or per plan. Thermostats will not be moved due to the sun
shining in the home.
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INSULATION
Trial Run
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Have a trial run early in the fall to test the heating system.
(The same applies to air conditioning in the spring.)
If service is needed, it is much better to discover that
before the heating/cooling season.
Insulation will be installed in accordance with the building
codes applicable at the time of construction. The R-Value
of the insulation can be affected by anything that disturbs
the surface of the insulation, such as adding wiring through
the attic. As the last step in any work done in your attic (for
example, the installation of speaker wire), you should
confirm that the insulation lays smooth and even. Do not
step on drywall ceilings, because this can result in personal
injury or damage to the drywall. Also, caulk your attic access
shut when done. For these same reasons, do not store items
in your attic.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
No Heat
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
• Thermostat is set to “heat” and the temperature
is set above the room temperature.
• Breaker on the main electrical panel is on. (Remember,
if a breaker trips you must turn it from the tripped position
to the off position before you can turn it back on.)
• Fuse in air handler is good. (See manufacturer literature
for size and location.)
• Filter is clean to allow proper airflow.
Sound Transmission (Between Multi-Family Units)
To help keep sound from transmitting from unit to unit,
a total of 11" of material and air space has been placed
between each unit. Before the sheetrock is put on, the
County inspects the insulation in the common walls ensuring
proper application of insulation before п¬Ѓnished. Sounds from
adjoining units are a non-warranted item.
• Vents in individual rooms are open.
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• Air returns are unobstructed.
Mattamy Homes will install insulation to meet or exceed
the building codes applicable at the time of construction
and outlined as part of your Purchase Agreement.
Even if the troubleshooting tips do not identify a solution,
the information you gather will be useful to the service
provider you call.
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We will install heating systems according to local building
codes, as well as to engineering designs of the particular
model home.
Adequacy of the system is determined by its ability to
establish a temperature of 78° F, as measured in the center
of the room, 5' above the floor. Mattamy Homes will correct
a system that does not meet the performance standards.
It is the responsibility of the Homeowner to balance the
system by adjusting the dampers.
Duct Placement
The exact placement of ducts may vary from those positions
shown in similar floor plans or model home.
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Drafts At Baseboards
Mattamy Homes will inspect the draft to determine
if adequate insulation was installed. Please note - the
juncture of the floor and the wall system is conducive
to opening, therefore, a certain amount of air movement
is permissible. Mattamy Homes will check the affected
areas and correct if necessary.
Drafts Around Windows And Doors
See Window And Doors.
Moisture, Condensation, Or Frost On Windows
See Condensations.
Pipes Freezing See Plumbing.
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LANDSCAPING
Planting Beds
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Do not allow edging around decorative rock or bark
beds to dam the free flow of water away from the home.
A non-woven membrane, such as Typar or Mirafi, can be
used between soil and rock/bark to restrict weed growth
while still permitting normal evaporation of ground moisture.
Live plants can be affected by many events and conditions
beyond Builder control. As such, sod is a non-warranted
item after installation and repair or replacement will be a
homeowner maintenance item. Plants other then grass are
likewise affected by many events beyond Builder control.
Plants other then grass installed by Mattamy Homes are
not warranted beyond the New Home Orientation.
Erosion
Until your yard is established and stable, erosion will be a
potential concern. Heavy rains or roof runoff can erode soil.
The sooner you restore the grade to its original condition, the
less damage will occur.
Erosion is of special concern in drainage swales. If swales
become п¬Ѓlled with soil runoff, they may not drain the rest of
the yard, causing further problems. You may need to protect
newly planted sod with erosion matting or reseed to establish
grass in swales. It can take several years to fully establish
your lawn in such challenging areas. Erosion from lack of
water management is not covered by Mattamy Homes.
Sod
Newly placed sod requires extra water for several weeks.
Be aware that new sod and the extra watering it requires can
sometimes create drainage concerns (in your yard or your
neighbor’s) that will disappear when the yard is established
and requires normal watering. Monitor this watering increased
water bills for the establishment of new sod are not covered
by Mattamy Homes.
Irrigation Systems
Irrigation systems are intended to water the sodded areas
of your yard & planting beds. Watering these areas is a
homeowner responsibility, and failure to do so may void your
warranty on the plants in those areas. We strongly discourage
aiming sprinklers at your home because this may create water
intrusion issues in your home and void your warranty.
You may encounter watering restrictions. Please contact your
city or county inspections department to determine what the
restrictions are and if you need a permit to water.
During your New Home Orientation, we will explain how
to program your irrigation system. All water use is the
homeowners responsibility immediately upon closing.
If Irrigation system stops working, п¬Ѓrst ensure that you
check the timer, and the exterior rain sensor п¬Ѓrst.
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Irrigation systems that do not cover the sodded areas
of the yard will be corrected. Adjusting the times or dates
of sprinkling is a homeowner maintenance item and is not
a warranted service.
** UTILITY LINES **
Serious injury or death may result from contact with an
underground natural gas pipe or electrical line.
Before digging in your yard check the location of buried
service leads by calling the local utility locating service.
LIGHTING
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All light п¬Ѓxtures are warranted through Mattamy Homes for
One Year from closing against manufacturers defects and
workmanship only.
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MILDEW & MOLD
The Facts
What A Homeowner Can Do
Mold is a type of fungus. It occurs naturally in the environment,
and it is necessary for the natural decomposition of plant and
other organic material. It spreads by means of microscopic
spores borne on the wind, and is found everywhere life can be
supported. Residential home construction is not, and cannot
be, designed to exclude mold spores. If the growing conditions
are right, mold can grow in your home. Most Homeowners are
familiar with mold growth in the form of bread mold, and mold
that may grow on bathroom tile.
You can take positive steps to reduce or possibly eliminate the
occurrence of mold growth in the home, and thereby minimize any
possible effects caused by mold. These steps include the following:
Contributing Factors
In order to grow, mold requires a food source. This might be
supplied by items found in the home, such as fabric, carpet
or even wallpaper, or by building materials, such as drywall,
wood and insulation, to name a few. In addition, mold growth
requires a temperate climate. The best growth occurs at
temperatures between 40° F and 100° F. finally, mold growth
requires moisture. Moisture is the only mold growth factor
that can be controlled in a residential setting. By minimizing
moisture and monitoring humidity levels in the home, a
homeowner can reduce, or possibly eliminate mold growth.
Moisture in the home can have many causes. Spills, leaks,
overflows, condensation, and high humidity are common
sources of home moisture. Good housekeeping and home
maintenance practices are essential in the effort to prevent
or possibly eliminate mold growth. If moisture is allowed
to remain on the growth medium, mold can develop within
24 to 48 hours, therefore, cleaning up any spills or leaks
is very important.
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1.Regular vacuuming and cleaning will help reduce mold levels.
Mild bleach solutions or most tile cleaners are effective in
eliminating or preventing mold growth.
2.Keep the humidity in the home low. Vent clothes dryers to
the outdoors. Ventilate kitchens and bathrooms by opening
the windows, by using exhaust fans, or by running the air
conditioning to remove excess moisture in the air, and to
facilitate evaporation of water from wet surfaces.
3.Promptly clean up spills, condensation and other
sources of moisture.
4.Thoroughly dry any wet surfaces or material. Do not let
water pool or stand in your home. Promptly replace any
materials that cannot be thoroughly dried, such as
drywall or insulation.
5.Inspect for leaks on a regular basis, look for discolorations or
wet spots. Repair any leaks promptly. Take notice of musty
odors, and any visible signs of mold.
6.Should mold develop, thoroughly clean the affected area
with a mild solution of bleach. First, test to see if the affected
material or surfaceis color safe. Porous materials, such as
fabric, upholstery or carpet should be discarded. Should the
mold growth be severe, call on the services of a qualified
professional cleaner.
Cleaning mildew from your home is your responsibility.
Solutions that remove mildew are available from local paint or
home improvement stores. Wear protective eyewear and rubber
gloves for this task; the chemicals that remove mildew are
unfriendly to humans.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
In order to prevent mold growth in a home, it is up to the
homeowner to properly manage and maintain the home. The
responsibility of a builder is limited to the honoring the one,
two and ten year warranties. The Builder cannot eliminate
the possibility that mold and other fungi may develop after
construction is completed. All damages and claims for damages
against the Builder, including property damage and personal injury,
caused by mold, or by some other fungus or agent, that result
from or arise out of the failure to properly manage and maintain
the home are hereby waived. Nothing herein shall constitute a
waiver of any of the statutory warranties.
MIRRORS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
To clean your mirrors use any reliable liquid glass cleaner or
polisher available at most hardware or grocery stores. Avoid
acidic cleaners and splashing water under the mirror; either
can cause the silvering to deteriorate. Acidic cleaners are
usually those that contain ammonia or vinegar. Avoid getting
glass cleaners on plumbing п¬Ѓxtures as some formulas
can deteriorate the п¬Ѓnish.
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We will confirm that all mirrors are in acceptable condition
during the New Home Orientation. Mattamy Homes will
correct scratches, chips, or other damage to mirrors noted
during the New Home Orientation. Cosmetic discrepancies
of this nature will not be warranted after your closing date.
MOISTURE
The Following Message Is On The Better
Business Bureau Telephone Message System:
Condensation is visible evidence of excessive moisture in the
air. It may appear as water, frost or ice on the room surface
of windows and doors. The warmer the air, the more water
the air can hold, which means that the air in the center of any
given room will hold more water than the air adjacent to the
window or door walls, since this area is always cooler. When
the warm, moisture-laden air moves toward the cooler window
or door wall, it becomes cooler and cannot hold the moisture.
It then appears as water on the glass and frames of windows
and doors. This occurs more frequently during the winter
months because of the extreme difference between the
inside and outside temperatures.
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If you wish to avoid condensation during the winter months,
when the average outdoor temperature drops to 50° F or
less, it would be wise to maintain a 40-60% relative indoor
humidity. Plants will contribute to condensation problems.
Keep them in well-ventilated areas.
Ventilation is a very effective way to remove excessive moisture
from the air, which is why old, poorly insulated houses with single
glazed windows, often times do not have condensation problems.
This is because the air is exchanged by infiltration around the
windows, doors, vents and other openings. Newer homes, which
are constructed to meet current insulation standards, energy
codes and energy conservation requirements, or older homes,
which have been newly insulated through the addition of attic
and basement insulation and installation of primed windows with
dual or triple glazed glass, are now so air tight that they present
a new problem. All homes will on occasion, have temporary
condensation that is the result of one of four occurrences:
1.New construction building materials contain
a great deal of moisture.
2.As soon as the heat is turned on, this moisture will flow out
into the air and settle on doors and windows, etc. This will
usually disappear following the п¬Ѓrst heating season.
3.Humid Summers - During humid summers, houses absorb
moisture. This will be apparent during the п¬Ѓrst few weeks of
heating. Then the house should dry out.
4.Temperature change - Sharp, quick and sudden drops in
temperature, especially during the heating season will create
temporary condensation problems.
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MOISTURE CONTINUED
Did you know an average family of four produces in excess of 30 pints of water in their home each day
by just going through the regular routine? According to the Minnesota Extension Service, U of M here
are some contributing factors:
Moisture Source
Amount Of Moisture Produced
Your 5 Minute Shower
0.52 Pints
Cooking Your Daily Meals
2.07 Pints
If Your Meal Included Boiling Water
0.48 Pints Covered / 0.57 Pints Uncovered
House Plants (5-7 Average)
0.86 Pints A Day
Respiration And Perspiration (Family Of 4)
0.44 Pints An Hour
Refrigeration Defrosting
1.03 Pints Per Day
Evaporation From Home Materials
6.33 - 16.91 Pints Per Day
NEW Home Within п¬Ѓrst 2 Years
Add 10+ Pints To Above
If you have an existing moisture or condensation problem,
do not count on correcting it by installing new windows.
You must remember that windows do not cause condensation.
Therefore, windows cannot cure condensation.
Tips To Avoid Window Condensation
Regulate the indoor humidity level by reducing the amount of
moisture generated. Run your exhaust fan when showering
and use the fan in the kitchen to help to reduce moisture as
it is generated. Increase ventilation by running your A/C fan
and/or open windows a crack to provide airflow. Operate A/C
in Cooling mode.
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Controlling moisture in your home is Homeowner
responsibility. Consult your equipment manuals for
care and use of this piece of equipment.
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The Following Are Helpful Guidelines To Follow:
• Clean up wet or damp areas as soon as possible.
Generally, damp or wet areas do not grow mold within
the п¬Ѓrst 24 to 48 hours.
• Make sure the ground slopes away from the
building foundation.
• If you see condensation or moisture collect on windows,
walls or pipes, quickly dry the wet surface and try to
reduce the water source.
• Run the bath fan or open a window while bathing or
showering and for at least 30 minutes after. One hour
in extremely cold weather.
• Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking, dishwashing or doing laundry, etc.
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PAINT & STAIN
EXTERIOR
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Painted surfaces must be washed gently using mild soap and
as little water as possible. Avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring
pads, or scrub brushes. Often better results come from
touching up rather than washing the paint.
If applicable, review your association documents to determine
whether your monthly dues cover maintenance. Generally,
Mattamy Homes Townhomes feature association maintained
exteriors while Single Family homeowners are individually
responsible for the upkeep. Regular attention will preserve
the beauty and value of your home. Check the painted and
stained surfaces of your home’s exterior annually. Repaint
before much chipping or wearing away of the original п¬Ѓnish
occurs; this will save the cost of extensive surface preparation.
(Single-Family) Plan on refinishing the exterior painted surfaces
of your home approximately every two to three years or as often
as your paint manufacturer suggests for your area and climate.
Climatic conditions control the chemical structure of the paint
used on the exterior. Over time, this п¬Ѓnish will fade and dull a
bit. Depending on the exposure to weather of each surface, the
paint on some parts of your home may begin to show signs of
deterioration sooner than others. Begin by resetting popped
nails and removing blistered or peeling portions of paint with a
wire brush or putty knife. Sand, spot with primer, and then paint
the entire area. Use a quality exterior paint formulated for local
climate conditions.
Avoid having sprinklers spray water on the exterior walls of
your home. This will cause blistering, peeling, splintering,
and other damage to the home.
Colors
Your selection sheets are your record of the paint and stain
color names in your home.
Severe Weather
Hail and wind can cause a great deal of damage in a severe
storm, so inspect the house after such weather. Promptly
report damage caused by severe weather to your insurance
company or Homeowner’s Association.
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During your New Home Orientation we will confirm that all
painted or stained surfaces are in acceptable condition.
Mattamy Homes will touch up paint as indicated on the
New Home Orientation checklist. You are responsible for all
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subsequent touch-up, except painting we perform as part of
another warranty repair, unless the Homeowner has changed
the color. All paint issues are looked at from a standard sixfoot distance, under normal lighting conditions. Other than
Material or Workmanship issues, Paint is not warrantable.
Coverage
The surface being painted over will not show though the new
paint when viewed from a six-foot distance under normal
light. Mattamy Homes will touch up the paint as necessary
to meet the performance standard. Due to dye lot variations
and variations due to elements, color variations should be
expected and are not warranted.
Cracking
As it ages, exterior trim may develop minor cracks and raised
grain. Much of this will occur during the п¬Ѓrst year. Raised
grain permits moisture to get under the paint and can result
in peeling. This is not a defect in materials or workmanship.
Paint maintenance of exterior trim is the Homeowner’s
responsibility (Single-Family).
Fading
Expect fading of exterior paint or stain caused by the effects
of sun and weather. Mattamy Homes limited warranty
excludes this occurrence.
Peeling
If the exterior paint or stain peels within the п¬Ѓrst year,
Mattamy Homes will prepare and touch up the affected areas
by matching the paint or stain as closely as possible. Due
to different dye lots in paint and stain, and to fading for the
elements, color variations should be expected and the Builder
is not responsible for these variations.
Variations In Color
All wood products have variations in grain and color. Due to
these characteristics, color variations will result when stain is
applied. No repair or replacements will be made due to color
variations.
Wood Grain
Because of wood characteristics, color variations will result
when stain is applied to wood. This is natural and requires
no repair. Today’s water-based paints often make wood grain
visible on painted trim. Mattamy Homes does not provide
corrections for this condition.
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INTERIOR
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Touch-Up
Painted surfaces must be washed gently using mild soap and
as little water as possible. Avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring
pads, or scrub brushes. flat paints show washing marks
easily, often better results come from touching up rather than
washing the paint.
When doing paint touch-ups, use a small brush or roller,
applying paint only to the damaged spot. Touch-ups may not
match the surrounding area exactly, even if the same paint
mix is used. When it is time to repaint a room, prepare the
wall surfaces п¬Ѓrst by cleaning with a mild soap and water
mixture or a reliable cleaning product.
Care
Your walls have been painted with flat latex paint.
This п¬Ѓnish is not resistant to washing. Minor soiling may
be cleaned with a soft cloth or sponge and soapy water.
This could still result in discoloration and /or wearing of the
п¬Ѓnish. Severe soiling should be touched up with matching
paint. Spackle may be used to patch small holes
and blemishes.
Colors
Your selection sheets are your record of the paint
and stain color names in your home.
Coverage
The surface being painted over will not show through the new
paint when viewed from a six-foot distance under normal
light. Mattamy Homes will touch up |the paint as necessary
to meet the performance standard. Due to dye lot variations
and variations due to elements, color variations should be
expected and are not warranted.
Peeling / Deteriorating
If the п¬Ѓnish on your interior paint or woodwork stain peels
within the п¬Ѓrst year, Mattamy Homes will prepare and touch
up the affected areas by matching the paint or stain as closely
as possible. Mattamy Homes will refinish the affected areas
if the damage is not due to moisture or water. Due to dye
lot variations, and effects of the elements, variations in color
should be expected, which are not warranted by the Builder.
Woodwork that becomes soiled can be cleaned with a mild
liquid soap and a damp cloth. Once clean, excess moisture
should be removed with a dry cloth.
Stain
For minor interior stain touch-ups, a furniture-polish-and-stain
treatment is inexpensive, easy to use, and will blend in with
the wood grain. Follow directions on the bottle.
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We provide a paint touch up kit for your home. Store these
with the lids tightly in place and in a location where they are
not subjected to extreme temperatures.
Variations In Color
All wood products have variations in grain and color. Due to
these characteristics, color variations will result when stain
is applied. No repair or replacements will be made due to
color variations.
Wall Cracks (One Time Repair)
We suggest that you wait until your one-year anniversary to
repair drywall cracks or other separations due to shrinkage
or settling. This will allow your home to properly settle.
Touch-Up Visible
One time during the materials and workmanship warranty,
Mattamy Homes will repair drywall shrinkage cracks and nail
pops and will touch up the repaired area using the same paint
color that was on the surface when the home was delivered.
Touch-ups will be visible and should be expected, for which
the Builder is not responsible.
“Flashing” is normal when fresh paint is used to touch up
existing areas. It will be more noticeable on long spans of
walls, or walls with light shining down them. Mattamy Homes
will not paint whole walls because of this condition.
Repainting the entire wall or the entire room to correct this is
your choice and responsibility.
Wood Grain
Because of wood characteristics, color variations will result
when stain is applied to wood. This is natural and requires
no repair. Today’s water-based paints often make wood grain
visible on painted trim. Mattamy Homes does not provide
corrections for this condition.
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Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Care
During your New Home Orientation we will confirm that all
painted or stained surfaces are in acceptable condition.
Mattamy Homes will touch up paint as indicated on the
New Home Orientation checklist. You are responsible for
all subsequent touch-up, except painting we perform as
part of another warranty repair.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the plumbing
п¬Ѓxtures. Abrasive cleaners will remove the shiny п¬Ѓnish,
leaving behind a porous surface that is difficult to maintain.
A non-abrasive cleaner, such as Soft Soap or liquid detergent
is usually recommended.
All paint issues are looked at from a standard six-foot
distance, under normal light conditions.
PETS & WILDLIFE
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Insects such as ants, spiders, wasps, and bees, and animal
life such as woodpeckers, squirrels, mice, and snakes, may
fail to recognize that your home belongs to you.
Addressing concerns involving these pests and wildlife goes with
being a Homeowner. Informational resources include, among
others, the state wildlife service, animal control authorities, the
county extension service, pest control professionals, the internet,
and public library. This is a non-warranted item.
The home is warranted to be free from termite infestation for
one year. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent
Wood Destroying Organisms after on year.
PLUMBING
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Good maintenance of your home’s plumbing components
will ensure proper operation for many years to come.
Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s literature on
use and maintenance. The guidelines here include general
information only.
Locate your main shut off. It may be in the garage or the
exterior of the home depending on your options. Be sure you
are familiar with this shut off in case of emergency such as a
water line break. Each sink and toilet has an individual shut off
for its water supply.
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Brass or antique brass п¬Ѓxtures should be cared for with
a good quality brass cleaner, available at most hardware
stores. Gel-Gloss is also recommended. It also works
well on ceramics, stainless steel and cultured marble.
Cast Iron
Cast iron sinks should always be treated with care. Always
use a dishpan when doing dishes. Use non-abrasive
cleaners, such as Soft Soap.
Local water conditions affect the appearance of cast iron.
A white п¬Ѓlm can develop on the sink if you have over-softened
water or water with a high concentration of minerals. In hard
water areas, a brown surface stain can form appearing like rust.
Avoid abnormal pressure to the toilet tank. It is possible to
crack the tank at the points where it is attached. Be sure not
to use concentrated chloride bleach tank additives. These will
deteriorate the interior tank parts.
Clogs
The main causes of toilet clogs are domestic items such as
disposable diapers, excessive amounts of toilet paper, sanitary
supplies, Q-tips, dental floss, and children’s toys.
You can usually clear clogged traps with a plunger. If you use
chemical agents, follow directions carefully to avoid personal
injury or damage to the п¬Ѓxtures.
Also, see Garbage Disposal
To clean a plunger drain stopper (usually found in bathroom
sinks), loosen the nut under the sink at the back, pulling out
the rod attached to the plunger, and lifting the stopper. Clean
and return the mechanism to its original position.
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Dripping Faucet
You can repair a dripping faucet by shutting off the water at
the valve directly under the sink, then removing the faucet
stem, changing the washer, and reinstalling the faucet
stem. The showerhead is repaired the same way. Replace
the washer with another of the same type and size. You can
minimize the frequency of this repair by remembering not to
turn faucets off with excessive force. (Please note that some
manufacturers do not use rubber washers.) If your faucet has
a cartridge instead of a washer, refer to the manufacturer’s
manual for replacement instructions.
Laundry Tub
If you have a laundry room tub, the faucet does not have an
aerator. This is to allow the laundry tub faucet to accept a
hose connection.
Leaks
If a major plumbing leak occurs, the п¬Ѓrst step is to turn off
the supply of water to the area involved. This may mean
shutting off the water to the entire home. Then contact the
Mattamy Homes Warranty Department.
Low Flush Toilets
In 1993, a water-saving regulation went into effect, which
prohibits the manufacture of toilets that use more than 1.5
gallons of water per flush. In the search for a balance among
comfort, convenience, and sensible use of natural resources,
the government conducted several studies. The 1.5-gallon
toilet turned out to be the size that overall consistently saves
water. Because this may cause your toilet to plug more often,
you may п¬Ѓnd the following tips useful:
• Hold the handle down to allow more water to pass.
Even though the toilet is a 1.5-gallon flush, the tank
holds 3.2 gallons of water.
• Flush two times.
• Do not allow large objects to go down the toilet.
• Expect to use a plunger.
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As a result of implementing this standard, flushing twice is
occasionally necessary to completely empty the toilet bowl.
Even though you flush twice on occasion, rest assured that
overall you are saving water and we have complied with the
law. Similarly, flow restrictors are manufactured into most
faucets and all showerheads and cannot be removed. We
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Low Pressure
Occasional cleaning of the aerators on your faucets (normally
every three to four months) will allow proper flow of water.
The water department controls the overall water pressure.
Main Shut-Off
The water supply to your home can be shut-off entirely,
generally in two locations. The п¬Ѓrst is at the meter and the
second is at your water heater. We will point both of these
out during your New Home Orientation.
Due to code, we are required to put back flow preventers on
your sillcocks (spigots).
It is against code to remove these and will cause damage to
your faucet, which would not be warranted. It is normal to get
some spray back at your spigot from the back flow preventer.
Running Toilet
To stop running water, check the shut-off float in the tank.
You will most likely п¬Ѓnd it has lifted too high in the tank,
preventing the valve from shutting off completely. In this case,
gently bend the float rod down until it stops the water at the
correct level.
The float should be free and not rub the side of the tank or
any other parts. Also check the chain on the flush handle.
If it is too tight, it will prevent the rubber stopper at the bottom
of the tank from sealing, resulting in running water.
Shut-Offs
Your main water shut-off is located near your meter. You use
this shut-off for major water emergencies such as a water
line break or when you install a sprinkler system or build an
addition to your home. Each toilet has a shut-off on the water
line under the tank. Hot and cold shut-offs for each sink are
on the water lines under the sink.
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Stainless Steel
Clean stainless steel sinks with soap and water to preserve
their luster. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool pads;
these will damage the п¬Ѓnish. Prevent bleach from coming into
prolonged contact with the sink as it can pit the surface. An
occasional cleaning with a good stainless steel cleaner will
enhance the п¬Ѓnish. Rub in the direction of the polish or grain
lines and dry the sink to prevent water spots.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS
No Water Anywhere In The Home
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
• Main shut off on the meter outside your home is open.
• Main shut off at the side of your home is open.
• Main shut off at the water heater is open.
Avoid leaving produce on a stainless steel surface, since
prolonged contact with produce can stain the п¬Ѓnish. Also
avoid using the sink as a cutting board; sharp knives will
gouge the п¬Ѓnish.
• Individual shut-offs for each water-using item is open.
Local water conditions affect the appearance of stainless steel.
A white п¬Ѓlm can develop on the sink if you have over-softened
water or water with a high concentration of minerals. In hard
water areas, a brown surface stain can
form appearing like rust.
• Check caulking and grout.
Tank Care
Avoid exposing the toilet to blows from sharp or heavy objects,
which can cause chipping or cracking. Avoid abnormal
pressures against the sides of the tank. It is possible to crack
the tank at the points where it is attached to the bowl.
No Hot Water See Water Heater
Leak Involving One Sink, Whirlpool Tub, or Toilet:
• Confirm shower door or tub
enclosure was properly closed.
• Turn water supply off to that item.
• Use other facilities in your home and report problem
on to the Warranty Department.
Leak Involving Shower/Bathtub
• Turn water off at one of the main locations in your home.
• Call emergency number for service.
Do not use bowl cleaners that are placed in the tanks. They
may cause the rubber parts and washers to break down,
warp or fall apart. If chemicals are added to the toilet tank,
the tank bolts could become damaged and actually cause
the tank to leak. Using these kind of products will void your
warranty.
These items do not have a shut off at the unit;
you will need to shut off the water at the main.
Water Filter Or Softener
Back Up At One Toilet
If you install either a water п¬Ѓlter or a water softener, carefully
read the manufacturer’s literature and warranty for your
specific model.
If only one toilet is affected, corrections occur during
normal business hours.
Leak Involving A Main Line
• Turn water off at the meter in your home.
• Call emergency number for service.
• Shut off the water supply to the toilet involved.
• Use a plunger to clear the blockage.
• Use a snake to clear the blockage.
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Sewer Back Up Affecting Entire Home
Cracks, Chips, Scratches
• If you’ve been in your home fewer than 2 years, contact
Mattamy Homes or the plumber listed on your Emergency
Phone Numbers sheet.
Mattamy Homes will repair cracks, chips, scratches on
porcelain, cast iron, stainless and cultured marble if noted on
the New Home Orientation checklist. Any damage not noted
on the worksheet will be a Homeowner responsibility and not
warranted. If you do damage any of these surfaces, call us
and we can direct you to a repair company.
• If you’ve been in your home over 2 years, contact
a router service.
• Remove personal belongings to a safe location. If items
are soiled, contact your homeowner insurance company.
Even if the troubleshooting tips do not identify a solution, the
information you gather will be useful to the service provider
you call.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During the New Home Orientation we will confirm that
all plumbing п¬Ѓxtures are in acceptable condition and are
functioning properly, and that all faucets and drains
operate freely.
Clogs
Sewers, п¬Ѓxtures and drains should operate properly to
accomplish their intended function. Because sewers,
п¬Ѓxtures and drains can easily be clogged through
Homeowner negligence, the Homeowner will make the
necessary repairs.
NOTE: UNPLUGGING OF TOILETS IS NOT A WARRANTED
ITEM! In an attempt to conserve water, the law now requires
1.5-gallon flush tanks to be installed in homes.
Because this may cause your toilet to plug more often,
you may п¬Ѓnd the following tips useful:
• Hold the handle down to allow more water to pass.
Even though the toilet is a 1.5-gallon flush, the tank
holds 3.2 gallons of water.
• Flush two times.
• Do not allow large objects to go down the toilet.
• Expect to use a plunger.
Condensation On Pipes Or Tanks
Condensation on pipes or toilet tanks may result due
to combinations of temperature and indoor humidity.
Be sure to wipe up any condensation that drips on surfaces
that can be damaged by water. Condensation is not
warrantable. Please see Condensation for more information.
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Water Heater See Water Heater.
Leaks
No faucet or valve should leak because of defects in material
or workman- ship. Mattamy Homes will repair leaks in the
plumbing system per the Limited Warranty specified in your
state’s Warranty Statutes. If a plumbing leak caused by a
warranted item results in drywall or floor covering damage,
Mattamy Homes will repair or replace items that were
part of the home as originally purchased. We do not make
adjustments for secondary damages (for example, damage
to wallpaper, drapes, and personal belongings). Insurance
should cover these items. If the leak is due to a defective
washer cartridge in the faucet, washer cartridge replacement
is a Homeowner responsibility.
No leaks of any kind should exist in any soil vent or water
pipe. The Builder will make necessary repairs to eliminate
leakage. The Builder will repair any drywall or floor covering
damaged by a warranted leak. NO adjustments will be
made for secondary damages - wallpaper, drapes, personal
belongings, etc. - Homeowner’s insurance should cover
these items.
Make sure your family knows where the plumbing shut offs
are located in case of an emergency. The plumbing main shut
off is in the basement.
This will shut off the entire home. Each sink has a hot and
cold shut off. Each toilet has one shut off either below it or
behind it. In the event of a leak, shut off the water to the
affected area, or if that is unknown, or the leak is at the
bath tub or shower, shut off the water main.
Noise
Changes in temperature or the flow of the water itself will cause
some noise in the pipes. This is normal and requires no repair.
Mattamy Homes will repair persistent water hammer.
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ROOF
Sinks Do Not Hold Water
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Stoppers on sinks should retain water for a sufficient length
of time to accomplish their intended use. Mattamy Homes will
correct the п¬Ѓxture to meet this standard.
The shingles used on your home should provide you with
many years of service and weather protection for your home.
A few reminders on the maintenance of your roof could save
you a great deal of expense and discomfort in the future.
Supply
Mattamy Homes will correct construction conditions that
disrupt the supply of water to your home if they involve service
from the main water supply to your home, provided actions of
yours have not caused the problem. Disruption of service due
to failure of the water department system is the responsibility
of the water department to correct.
Toilet Does Not Flush Properly Or Toilet Runs
Toilets should accomplish their intended use. To stop a toilet from
continually running, try jiggling the handle. If that doesn’t work,
remove the tank cover to check the toilet chain. Make sure the
chain isn’t caught on anything. Also, check the drain valve cover
to make sure it is seated correctly over the drain hole.
DO NOT WALK ON YOUR ROOF. Doing so can void your
warranty. The weight and movement will loosen and break the
integrity of the roofing material, which can, in turn, result in a
leak. No one should attempt to walk on the roof when it is wet.
It is extremely slippery. During hot weather, your shingles will
be soft and pliable and can be easily damaged. Extreme cold
will make them hard and brittle thus easily damaged.
Clean Gutters
Should you choose to install gutters, maintain the gutters and
downspouts so that they are free of debris and able to quickly
drain precipitation from the roof.
Severe Weather
After severe storms, do a visual inspection of the roof for
damages. Under normal weather conditions, shingles should
not blow off the roof. If shingles are damaged by abnormal
weather conditions, please contact your Homeowners
Insurance or Association.
Under normal weather conditions, Mattamy Homes will repair
or replace damaged shingles. If shingles are replaced, expect
dye lot variations, which are not warranted.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes will repair roof leaks other than those
caused by severe weather. Roof repairs are made only
when the roof is dry.
Inadequate Roof Ventilation
Attic spaces will be ventilated as required by applicable
building codes. Be sure roof vents remain open and are not
covered or blocked by debris. If the roof vents are covered,
we recommend that a professional be hired to clear them off.
NOTE: The attic should NEVER be used for storage.
Inclement Weather
Storm damage is excluded from warranty coverage. Notify
your Homeowner’s Insurance or your Association if storm
damage is discovered.
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SCENTED CANDLES
Leaking Through Vents
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Vents are provided for proper ventilation. Even vents that
are installed according to building codes can allow driving
rain to enter. This is not a defect. Mattamy Homes is not
responsible for damage due to driving rain. Please contact
your Homeowners Insurance or Association.
The popularity of scented candles has increased many-fold in
recent years. If this is an activity that is part of your lifestyle,
we caution you about the potential damage to your home
from soot. When this condition results from Homeowners
burning candles, resulting damage is excluded from our
limited warranty coverage.
Vents should not leak under normal conditions. The Builder
will repair leaks that occur under normal conditions.
SHOWER DOORS OR TUB ENCLOSURES
Leaks
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
All roof and/or flashing leaks not caused by Homeowner’s
actions or negligence will be repaired. It is a Homeowner’s
responsibility to remove leaf/debris build up in gutters.
If shingles are replaced, expect dye lot variations, which are
not warranted. When a leak is noticed, try to detect the exact
location; this will greatly help in locating the area that requires
repair. Roof repairs will only be made when the roof is dry.
Shower doors and tub enclosures require minimal care. Using
a squeegee to remove water after a bath or shower will keep
mineral residue and soap п¬Ѓlm to a minimum. Use of a shower
spray can also help prevent build up of minerals and soap.
Mismatch Of Shingle Colors
This is a non-warranted item. Some color mismatches are
due to sun reflections, minor differences in colors between
shingles in the same lots and the aging and weathering of
the shingles.
Shingles Sticking Up Or Not Sealing Down
Shingles should be sealed by the end of the One-Year
Warranty Service Review period. Shingles need heat from the
sun to get the full effect of the seal. Due to lack of heat from
the sun during the winter, performance standards may vary.
Mattamy Homes will repair shingles that are not sealed by the
end of the One-Year Warranty period. If a shingle is replaced,
expect dye lot variations, which are not warranted.
Shingles Do Not Overhang Or Overhang Too Much
Shingles will overhang roof edges by no less than 1/4" and no
more than 1". Mattamy Homes will either reposition or replace
shingles as necessary to meet this standard. If a shingle is
replaced, expect dye lot variations, which are not warranted.
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Use cleaning products suggested by the manufacturer to
avoid any damage to the trim and hardware. Avoid hanging
wet towels on corners of doors; the weight can pull the door
out of alignment and cause it to leak. Check and touch-up
caulking on an as needed basis.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
During your New Home Orientation we will confirm the good
condition of all shower doors and tub enclosures. Mattamy
Homes warrants that shower doors and tub enclosures will
function according to manufacturer specifications.
SIDING & POSTS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Siding expands and contracts in response to changes in
humidity and temperature. Slight waves are visible in siding
under moist weather conditions; shrinkage and separations
will be more noticeable under dry conditions. These
behaviors cannot be entirely eliminated.
Wood And Wood Products
Wood or wood-product siding will require routine refinishing.
The timing will vary with climatic conditions. Maintain caulking
to minimize moisture entry into the siding. Note that some
paint colors will require more maintenance than others and
some sides of the home may show signs of wear sooner
based on their exposure to the elements. Some wood siding,
such as cedar, is subject to more cracking and will require
more maintenance attention.
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VINYL
Vinyl siding will occasionally require cleaning. Start at the top
to avoid streaking and use a cleaning product recommended
by your siding manufacturer. Follow directions carefully.
For stubborn stains try the following solution:
Dents, Scratches, Holes Or Nicks In Siding
• 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent.
There should not be any dents, scratches, holes or nicks
in the siding prior to closing. Mattamy Homes will repair or
replace ONLY the damaged siding noted on the New Home
Orientation checklist.
• 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner (Spic-n-Span).
Painting And Caulking
• 1 gallon of water.
Paint will fade and touch up may be needed in knotholes
and other areas at a later date. Touch up is the responsibility
of the Homeowner. The Homeowner can expect the newly
painted surface may not match the original color, for which
the Builder is not responsible.
If mildew is a problem, substitute one quart of 5% household
bleach for one quart of water in the above formula.
Warping of vinyl siding due to reflections off neighboring
buildings is beyond the Builder’s control and is not warranted.
Cement Based Or Composite Products
Cement based siding will require repainting and caulking just
as wood products do.
Fire Safety
Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and will melt or
burn when exposed to a significant source of flame or heat.
You should always take precautions to keep sources of п¬Ѓre,
such as grills, combustible materials, dry leaves, mulch and
trash away from vinyl siding.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes warrants all siding to be free of defects
in material and workmanship for one year from closing.
We will confirm the condition of the siding during your
New Home Orientation.
Under normal weather conditions, your siding should not
come loose. Siding that comes loose during the warranty
period will be repaired. Expect variations in color due to
dye lots and elements. If the siding becomes loose due
to abnormal weather conditions, please contact your
Homeowners Insurance or Association.
We will correct any separation at joints or where siding meets
another material if the separation allows water to enter the
home for the п¬Ѓrst year after closing.
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NOTE: Exterior caulking is a yearly Homeowner
maintenance item.
Joint and cracks of wall surfaces will be recaulked ONE TIME
ONLY to prevent entry of water. Please note that properly
installed caulk will shrink and must be maintained during the
life of your home. We will match your caulk color as closely as
possible but expect variations of color, which are not warranted.
Rattling Noises
Due to windy or stormy weather conditions, the vinyl siding
or the soffits may make a rattling noise. The siding and soffits
are installed in a manner that allows them to expand and
contract as needed. Due to this, you may experience some
rattling noise, which is normal and not warranted.
Wood Splits
Some splitting of wood is normal and should be expected.
Splits exceeding a 1/4" will be repaired. Knots are a natural
character of the wood and not considered defects of the
wood. At the Builders discretion, the Builder will repair (by
caulking) or replace the affected areas, if noted on the New
Home Orientation checklist.
Vinyl Siding Thermal Stress/Warping
Warping due to thermal stress caused by a reflection from
a window or any other heat source such as a grill is beyond
the Builder’s control and is not warranted.
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SMOKE DETECTORS
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Read the manufacturer’s Manual for detailed information
on the care of your smoke detectors. Your smoke detectors
are hardwired to the electrical panel, interconnected to each
other (if one goes off, they all go off) and all have battery
back ups. These are not part of the security system.
Battery
If a smoke detector makes a chirping sound that is a sign
that the battery needs to be replaced. Follow manufacturer
instructions for installing a new battery. Most smoke detectors
use a 9-volt battery. It is recommended that you change your
batteries every 6 months. A good way to remember this is to
change them when you adjust your clocks.
Cleaning
For your safety, clean (vacuum) each smoke detector
monthly to prevent a false alarm, or lack of response in
a fire. After cleaning, push the test button to confirm
the alarm is working. For safety it is important that these
devises are kept clean and in good working order.
Locations
Smoke detectors are installed in accordance with building
codes, which dictate locations. Mattamy Homes will not omit
any smoke detector and you should not remove or disable any
smoke detector.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes does not represent that the smoke detectors
will provide the protection for which they are installed or
intended. We will test smoke detectors during the New Home
Orientation to confirm that they are working and to familiarize you
with the alarm. You are responsible for obtaining п¬Ѓre insurance.
STUCCO
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Stucco is the application of Portland cement
plaster over a wire lath to form an exterior cladding. This
is done in a 3 coat method achieving a 7/8" thick п¬Ѓnished
product. This material is made of cement plaster, and in
effect concrete. Cracking of this material as it ages and the
home settle is to be expected. Some shrinkage cracks can
show up almost immediately.
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Mattamy Homes will warranty Stucco cracks one time in the
п¬Ѓrst year. Mattamy will п¬Ѓll the crack and paint using original
color at the location of the crack only.
It is recommended that the homeowner inspect the exterior
of the home at lease annually, and address any cracks or
shrinkage immediately to avoid water intrusion. Mattamy
Homes does not warrant against poorly maintained stucco.
Caulking & Sealants
Regardless of the advertised life of the caulk material used,
it should be inspected routinely for peeling, cracking or
separating. Building movement can at times exceed the
caulks ability to stretch, thereby resulting in separation.
Most water penetration of wall systems occurs around
penetrations in the wall system (i.e: windows, doors, hose
bibs, etc).Re-caulking should be done annually but not
limited to hose bibs, exterior doors and windows. Check
around power outlets and services and anywhere there
is a penetration of the stucco. When applying caulk, the
product selected should be paintable. Maintaining caulked
joints and seams can prevent many instances of water
intrusion. See the caulk manufacturer’s literature for
instructions on the proper procedures for re-caulking.
Care & Maintenance
Wash you stucco as needed to keep its surface clean and bright.
For painted surfaces, always check the paint manufacturer’s
specifications and recommendations before using any
detergent, cleanser, bleach or other chemical on painted
areas. However, in most cases the procedures laid out
below should be acceptable.
Pre-wet
Use a garden hose with a jet nozzle to pre-wet the wall over the
entire surface. Pre-wetting will overcome a possible absorption
problem and will prevent the stucco from absorbing dirty wash
water. Set the nozzle to a medium to coarse spray. Start at the
bottom and work your way to the top.
Wash
When the surface has been pre-wetted, adjust the nozzle to
a “pressure stream”. Then direct the stream of water against
the wall to loosen dirt and dust. “Caked on” dirt may need to
be removed with a brush. Note: Avoid eroding the п¬Ѓnish by
holding the nozzle a sufficient distance from the surface. Be
extremely careful of using pressure washers to clean stucco as
they can achieve pressures sufficient to cut the stucco surface.
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STUCCO CONTINUED
Use cleanser if necessary: Sometimes it may be necessary
to use a mild cleanser to remove stains. It is desirable
to determine the source and cause of the stain before
cleansing. Some stains require specific treatments. However,
recommended for most common stains is a mild solution of
tri-sodium phosphate, TSP. This is available at most paint
or hardware stores. Should you choose to use a different
product, be sure it is water-soluble (dissolves completely in
water). The product should also be safe for Portland Cement.
Note: Do not use soap or dishwashing liquid!
It is always recommended to test your cleaning solution
on a small, inconspicuous area п¬Ѓrst. Do not let the solution
dry on the wall.
Rinse
Flush the wall thoroughly with clean water
to remove loosened dirt and cleansers.
Irrigation
Be sure to keep water directed away from the stucco wall.
Over time mineral oxides or chemicals in the irrigation water
can stain the п¬Ѓnish. This could also cause mildew (a fungus)
or efflorescence (a white powdery “bloom”) to form.
If you find efflorescence, spray the effected area with white
vinegar. This should neutralize the alkaline efflorescence.
After a few minutes, but before the vinegar dries, brush and
rinse the area with clean water. You may also use a brick or
masonry cleaner but you should check the manufacturer’s
directions and test it on a small area for reaction with the
paint. Efflorescence is caused by mineral salts leaching out
through the stucco from behind. To prevent reoccurrence of
efflorescence, you must find and repair the condition allowing
water to get behind the stucco. Eliminating the moisture
source will eliminate the efflorescing.
Cleaning may be required several times over a period as
long as six months to allow all the moisture to dry out of
the wall system. For more information on efflorescence see
the National Concrete Masonry Association’s “Control And
Removal of Efflorescence”, NCMA Tek 8-3-A available
through the NCMA at www.ncma.org.
Repainting
Paint should be inspected at least annually for evidence of
chalking, peeling, cracking. Repaint as necessary. Make sure
to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for repainting and
repair. Expected life in our climate is 3 to 5 years.
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Cracking and Repair
Though most cracking can be prevented during the
construction process, the potential for some cracking
will always be present. While stucco is extremely high in
compressive or impact strength, it is not of sufficient tensile
strength to resist building movement. Therefore, stucco should
be routinely checked for cracks. Determining the cause of the
cracking is the key to proper repair procedures. Cracks should
be dealt with immediately.
Minor
Stucco will expand and contract in response to temperature,
sometimes creating minor hairline cracks in the outer layer
of the stucco application. This is normal behavior and
considered a routine maintenance item after the п¬Ѓrst year
warranty period. These minor hairline cracks can be repaired
by scraping the loose material from the crack and using a
paintable caulk or flexible crack sealer to fill the gap. The texture
can be more easily simulated by broadcasting stucco sand
onto the fresh caulk before it cures. Most paint manufacturers
produce an elastic crack sealer product specifically for this
use. They are available under several different brand names.
Consult your paint supplier for specific brands.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes warrants Stucco to be free of defects in material
and workmanship for one year from closing. We will confirm
the condition of the Stucco during your New Home Orientation.
We will correct any cracking, separation at joints or where
stucco meets another material if the separation allows water
to enter the home for the first year after closing, only if notified
within 10 days of the discovery of the crack/separation. Due to
the nature of the material and system, the Homeowner must
either address the issues immediately, or cause such notice
to Mattamy Homes so as Mattamy can act immediately.
Cracks, separations or gaps left unaddressed for 10 days
or longer are not warrantable and are a Homeowner
Maintenance item.
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Homes today are built more energy efficient than ever.
This saves energy dollars but creates a potential concern.
Condensation, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants may all
accumulate. We provide mechanical and passive methods for
ventilating homes. Your attention to ventilation is important
to health and safety. Building codes require attic and crawl
space vents to minimize accumulation of moisture.
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VENTILATION
WATER HEATER
Attic Vents
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
Attic ventilation occurs through vents in the soffit
(the underside of the overhangs) and on the roof.
Driving rain sometimes enters the attic through these
vents. Do not cover them to prevent this.
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Daily Habits
Carefully read the manufacturer’s literature and warranty
for your specific model of water heater.
Drain Tank
• Use the bath fans when bathrooms are in use,
and for at least 30 minutes after a shower.
Review and follow the manufacturer’s timetable and
instructions for draining several gallons of water from the
bottom of the water heater. This reduces build-up of chemical
or mineral deposits from the water, thereby prolonging the life
of the tank as well as saving energy dollars. Carefully follow
the instructions in the manufacturer’s literature. Ensure power
is off prior to draining an electric water heater.
• Air your house by opening windows for a time
when weather permits.
Element Cleaning Or Replacement
Proper ventilation will prevent excessive moisture from
forming on the inside of the windows; also see Condensation.
The heating elements in the water heater will require periodic
cleaning. The frequency is determined in part by the quality
of the water in your area.
Your daily habits can help keep your home well ventilated:
• Develop the habit of running the hood fan
when you are cooking.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Mattamy Homes warranty guidelines for active components
(for example, exhaust fans) are discussed under the
appropriate headings (such as electrical systems, heating
system, and so on).
Again, refer to the manufacturer’s literature for
step-by-step instructions and drawings, or contact
an authorized service company.
Pressure Relief Valve
Follow your manufacturers recommendation for maintenance
of the Pressure Relief Valve. Stay clear of the discharge line
to avoid injury. See manufacturer’s literature for diagrams and
detailed instructions.
Safety
Keep the area around a water heater clear of stored household
items. Never use the top of the water heater as a storage shelf.
Stinky Water
Some people may notice a “stinky water” smell, and think
it is a problem with their water heater. The smell is caused
by harmless bacteria in the water that eats the magnesium
anode rod inside the water heater. Removing the rod inside
the water heater, may or may not help. But, removing this
rod WILL void the water heater warranty.
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WINDOWS, SCREENS & SLIDING GLASS DOORS
Temperature
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Your water heater is pre-set slightly below scalding.
Higher settings can waste energy dollars and increase
the danger of injury from scalding. Hot water will take longer
to arrive at sinks, tubs, and showers that are farther from
the water heater.
Windows are warranted directly through the window
manufacturer. You will be given the warranty information
at your New Home Orientation. It is suggested that you
add this information to the warranty section of your
Mattamy Homefolio.
Windows will operate with reasonable ease.
TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS
No Hot Water
Before calling for service, check to confirm that the:
• Water heater breaker on your main electric panel
is in the on position. (Remember if a breaker
trips you must turn it from the tripped position to
the off position before you can turn it back on.)
• Temperature setting is not off or too low.
• Water supply valve is open.
Refer to the manufacturer’s literature for
specific locations of these items and possibly
other troubleshooting tips.
Even if the trouble-shooting tips do not identify
a solution, the information you gather will be
useful to the service provider you call
Contact a glass company for reglazing of any windows that
break. Glass is difficult to install without special tools.
Clean during moderate temperatures with only a mild soap
and warm water using a sponge or soft cloth and dry with a
towel. Avoid abrasive cleaners, razors, brushes, or scrubbing
devices of any kind. Clean glass with a mild dish soap and
water or commercial glass cleaner, rinse completely with clean
water and wipe dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
Clean screens by first removing, then washing on a clean, flat
surface with mild soap and water solution using a soft brush.
Rinse, dry and reinstall.
Condensation
Condensation on interior surfaces of the window and frame
is the result of high humidity within the home and low outside
temperatures. Your family’s lifestyle controls the humidity
level within your home.
Also see Condensation.
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
Refer to the manufacturer’s limited warranty for complete
information regarding warranty coverage on your water heater.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Tankless Hot Water Heaters are designed to be a much more
efficient way to heat the water in your home, however, the hot
water is not instant. It may still take a few minutes for the hot
water to reach the faucet, as it must still travel from the heater
to the п¬Ѓxture. The delay of hot water from the appliance
to the tap is not a warrantable item.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors are made with tempered glass, which
is more difficult to break than ordinary glass. If broken,
tempered glass breaks into small circular pieces rather
than large splinters, which can easily cause injury.
Keep sliding door tracks clean for smooth operation and to
prevent damage to the doorframe. Silicone lubricants work
well for these tracks. Acquaint yourself with the operation of
sliding door hardware for maximum security.
Weep Holes
In heavy rains, water may collect in the bottom channel of
window frames and patio doors. Weep holes are provided to
allow excess water to escape to the outside. Keep the bottom
window channels and weep holes free of dirt and debris for
proper operation.
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Mildew
We will confirm that all windows, screens, and sliding
glass doors are in acceptable condition during the New
Home Orientation. Mattamy Homes will repair or replace
broken windows or damaged screens noted on the New
Home Orientation checklist. Windows should operate with
reasonable ease and locks should perform as designed.
If they do not, contact the window supplier for adjustments.
Mildew is a fungus that tends to develop on very moist
surfaces. Try to keep your windowsills dry by either controlling
your condensation and/or wiping up any moisture.
Condensation
Condensation on interior surfaces of the window and frame i
s the result of high humidity within the home and low outside
temperatures. You influence the humidity level within your
home; Mattamy Homes provides no corrective measure for
this condition.
Condensation that accumulates between the panes of glass
in dual-glazed windows indicates a broken seal. Contact the
window manufacturer to replace the window if this occurs
during the warranty period.
For more information, see Condensation.
Infiltration
Some air and dust will infiltrate around windows, especially
before the installation of landscaping in the general area.
Mattamy Homes warranty excludes this occurrence.
Windows and window weather stripping is covered through
the manufacturer. The window manufacturer covers patio
doors also.
It may be necessary for the Homeowner to provide a storm
door to help with certain temperature, wind, rain, and/or
snow conditions.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that storm doors be
installed on all exterior doors, especially atrium doors
and front doors.
Mildew can be removed by using 3 tablespoons of Tri-Sodium
Phosphate (TSP) and 1 cup of household bleach in one
gallon of water. (ALWAYS WEAR RUBBER GLOVES.)
Scratches
Mattamy Homes confirms that all window glass is in
acceptable condition at the New Home Orientation. Minor
scratches on windows can result from delivery, handling, and
other construction activities. Mattamy Homes will replace
windows that have scratches readily visible from a distance of
6-feet only if noted on the New Home Orientation checklist.
Mattamy Homes does not replace windows that have
scratches visible only under certain lighting conditions.
Screens
Sliding patio door screens will slide properly on the track.
Cleaning and maintenance are necessary to preserve proper
operation of the screen door and are the Homeowner’s
responsibility. Damage not caused by Homeowner negligence
of damage will be repaired during the warranty period.
Screens with holes or defects will be replaced if noted on
New Home Orientation checklist. Once the home has closed,
it is the Homeowner’s responsibility.
Sticking windows
Most sliding windows (both horizontal and vertical) are
designed for a ten-pound pull. If sticking occurs, or excessive
pressure is required to open or close, use a silicone lubricant.
Spray this on the tracks and the windows should move
freely. Silicone is available at hardware stores. DO NOT
use petroleum-based products. This is a Homeowner’s
maintenance item and is not covered through the
manufacturer or Mattamy Homes.
Stress Cracks
The window manufacturer will replace the cracked piece
of glass within the warranty period. Glass that is cracked
due to Homeowner’s negligence will not be warranted.
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WOOD TRIM
Homeowner Use And Maintenance Guidelines
Ten-Year Warranty
Shrinkage of wood trim occurs during the п¬Ѓrst two years or
longer, depending on temperature and humidity. All lumber
is more vulnerable to shrinkage during the heating season.
Maintaining a moderate and stable temperature helps to
minimize the effects of shrinkage. Wood will shrink less
lengthwise than across the grain.
During the п¬Ѓrst 10 years of ownership, the home shall be
free from major structural defects. “Major structural defects”
means actual damage to the load-bearing function and which
vitally affects, or is imminently likely to affect the use of the
dwelling for residential purposes to the extent that the home
becomes unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unlivable.
Wood shrinkage can result in separation at joints of trim
pieces. You can usually correct this with caulking
and touch-up painting.
Such load-bearing components may include:
1. Foundation systems and footings
Mattamy Homes Limited Warranty Guidelines
3.Girders
During the New Home Orientation we will confirm that
wood trim is in acceptable condition. Minor imperfections
in wood materials will be visible and will require no action.
4.Lintels
Cracking And/Or Separation
Separation between wood and adjacent surfaces or cracks
that exceed 1/8’’ will be corrected. Mattamy Homes will
correct by using caulk, putty or other methods.
If replacement is required, we will do our best to match stain
and grain as closely as possible, but variations are to be
expected and are not warranted.
2.Beams
5.Columns
6. Load Bearing Walls and Partitions
7. Floor Systems
8. Roof Framing Systems
Damage to the following non-load bearing portions of the
home may be covered by the One Year Limited Warranty,
but do not constitute a major structural defect:
1. Roofing and sheathing
2. Drywall and plaster
All wood will have variations in grain and color. These
variations are not warranted. Mattamy Homes will correct
readily noticeable construction damage such as chips and
gouges listed during the New Home Orientation.
4. Brick, stone, or stucco veneer
JACKSONVILLE WARRANTY
6. Wall tile and other wall coverings
One-Year Warranty
During the п¬Ѓrst year of ownership, the home shall be free from
defects caused by faulty workmanship and defective materials
due to non-compliance with building standards. The period
of ownership commences on the date of closing, unless
otherwise specified by Mattamy Homes.
Two-Year Warranty
During the п¬Ѓrst two years of ownership, the home shall be
free from defects caused by faulty installation of plumbing,
electrical, heating and cooling systems.
3. Exterior siding
5. Floor covering material
7. Non-load bearing walls and partitions
8. Concrete floors in attached garages and basements that
are built separately from foundation walls or other structural
elements of the home
9. Electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling
and ventilation systems
10.Appliances, п¬Ѓxtures, and items of equipment
11.Paint
12.Doors and windows
13.Trim
14.Cabinets
15.Hardware
16.Insulation
17.Floor squeaks or deflection
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WARRANTY CONTINUED
Obtaining Warranty Service
For reasons of accuracy and to comply with the
terms of your warranty, all items for which you request
service MUST be reported in writing.
working properly in your new home and if there is anything
that we can do for you at this time.
Post Closing Walk-Through
a. Is the requested item covered by this warranty?
If there is anything that needs to be adjusted or looked at,
we would ask you to submit this request, in writing, to the
Warranty Department at Mattamy Homes on or about 30 days
after closing. We will schedule a Warranty Service technician
to walk-through the home and the list with you on site, and
schedule any needed repairs or adjustments.
b. Does it fall within the performance standards
warranty period?
Upon receiving your request, Mattamy Homes will respond to
you within 2 working days to confirm receipt of the request.
When submitting items, please follow the steps below:
1. Please refer to the “About Your Home”
Guide Book for each item in question.
c. Who is responsible for this item and what is
the acceptable correction?
2. All requests for service need to be submitted
in writing (e-mail or standard mail) to:
Email:[email protected]
Mail: Mattamy Homes Jacksonville Division
Attn: Warranty Department
7800 Belfort Parkway
Suite 195
Jacksonville, FL 32256
3. Please include your name, address, lot number
and phone number to help us serve you better.
Please give a complete description of the issue
(e.g. “leaky sink” should be “sink in master
bedroom leaking under the vanity”).
4. Please provide access to your home during
normal working hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM,
Monday through Friday.
ALL WARRANTY REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED
WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER CLOSING.
The п¬Ѓrst year warranty period expires on
the anniversary date of your closing.
WARRANTY PROCESSING PROCEDURE
14-Day Contact
Our Quality Assurance Technician will be contacting you
approximately 14 days after your closing. The purpose for
this contact is to inquire about any items that may have been
noted on your п¬Ѓnal walk-through and to verify that they have
all been completed. Second, is to make sure everything is
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A Mattamy Homes Trade Partner may call you directly to set
up an appointment, unless one has been scheduled with you
by our Warranty Department. If you are difficult to reach by
telephone or you have not heard from the Trade Partner within
a week, please notify the Warranty Department.
NOTE: Please provide access to your home during working
hours from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Failure to provide access to your home during normal
business hours may void your warranty.
One Year Warranty
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to contact Mattamy
Homes with any warrantable concerns. Please submit your
list of warrantable items 11 months after closing to Mattamy
Homes by way of email, or standard mail, so work can be
complete by the one-year expiration date. Please be as
specific as possible.
Upon receipt of your One-Year list, we will contact you to set
up an appointment with you and a Mattamy Homes technician
to review your items of concern. After this meeting, the
technician will return your request to the Warranty Department
for processing.
The Warranty Department will then contact you to
schedule an appointment on which all appropriate
Trade Partners will come into your home and make
the necessary repairs. All necessary Trade partners
are scheduled on a single day, when possible, to reduce
the level of inconvenience to the homeowner.
Warranty services must be accepted by homeowner and
service orders must be signed by homeowner.
Safety & Security Checklist
FIRE SAFETY
Buy at least one п¬Ѓre extinguisher
for your home.
Ensure that all family members know the п¬Ѓre extinguisher
locations(s), and how to use them.
Ensure family members know how to
shut off gas, electricity, and water.
Have all extinguishers checked annually.
Test your smoke detectors regularly
to ensure proper operation.
Avoid overloading electrical circuits.
SECURITY WHEN YOU
GO ON VACATION
It is advisable to take the following
precautions when leaving your home
for an extended period of time:
Turn off the water at the main shut-off.
Stop mail and newspapers.
Lower the thermostat to a
moderate temperature.
Put lights on timers.
Ensure all appliances are turned off.
Turn down the temperature on
the water heater.
Leave a set of keys with a neighbor
in case of an emergency.
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CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY
High concentration levels of carbon monoxide (CO) are
harmful and can even be fatal. If the alarm sounds in your
CO detector, leave the house immediately and call the п¬Ѓre
department. Open up the doors and windows to get fresh
air into the house. Turn off your ventilation system
including all fans.
Spring & Summer Checklist
INTERIOR
Clean/replace HVAC п¬Ѓlter (recommended every
30-90 days).
Check hot water tank for leaks; drain unit and refill.
Inspect drains and ensure traps are filled with water.
Air out for moisture/leaks on dry, sunny days or
use a dehumidifier.
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
(recommended monthly).
Vacuum smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
Check and reset GFIC (Ground Fault
Interrupter Circuit).
EXTERIOR
Check that all roof flashing is intact and properly caulked.
Check roof for cracked, damaged or loose shingles,
replace as necessary.
Check that eavestroughs and downspouts are
free from debris.
Check that attic louvers are screened and free
of debris.
Ensure ground is sloping away from house.
Check that downspout is directing water away
from the foundation.
Clean/replace range hood п¬Ѓlter.
Inspect exterior clad stone, brick, mortar, and stucco
for chips and cracks, п¬Ѓll if necessary.
Check doors, tighten loose hinges and lubricate
track of sliding door(s).
Plan landscaping to avoid water ponding and
blocking drainage.
Check attic for adequate ventilation and ensure all
insulation is in place.
Check Rear Lot Catch Basin and clear any debris,
if applicable.
Turn off pilot light in п¬Ѓreplace, if applicable.
Verify exterior landscaping is at least 12" to 18" away and
not in contact with home’s exterior.
Treat HVAC condensation lines with vinegar.
Check wet areas such as sinks, tubs, and showers
for sealant.
Check driveway and walkways for damage,
п¬Ѓll cracks and seal.
Fertilize lawn and treat for pests.
Inspect fencing, if applicable.
Turn on exterior water supply.
Check caulking is intact and sealed,
re-caulk if necessary.
Check windows and screens are operating properly.
Oil moving parts of garage door(s) & garage door opener
(if applicable).
Arrange for annual inspection of air conditioning &
clean п¬Ѓlter, if applicable.
Run Irrigation and check heads for leaks. Adjust heads
away from home and finished materials. Set timer
for seasonal watering needs.
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Fall & Winter Checklist
INTERIOR
EXTERIOR
Clean/replace HVAC п¬Ѓlter (recommended every
30-90 days).
Check that all roof flashing is intact and
properly caulked.
Oil air handler motor (follow manufacturer’s directions).
Check roof for cracked, damaged or loose shingles,
replace as necessary.
Inspect furnace vents and registers, ensure they are
clean and free of debris.
Remove debris from vents.
Check air handler fan belt for normal wear and tear,
replace if necessary (follow manufacturer’s directions).
Check that eavestroughs and downspouts and are
clear of debris.
Inspect and ensure drains and traps are filled
with water.
Check that attic louvers are screened and free
of debris.
Check hot water tank for leaks and drain unit and refill.
Inspect perimeter for moisture/leaks.
Check that downspout is directing water away from
the foundation.
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
(recommended monthly).
Check Rear Lot Catch Basin and clear any debris,
if applicable.
Vacuum smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
Winterize landscaping and remove leaves.
Check and reset GFIC (Ground Fault
Interrupter Circuit).
Check caulking is intact and sealed, re-caulk
if necessary.
Clean/replace range hood п¬Ѓlter.
Oil moving parts of garage door(s) & garage door opener
(if applicable).
Clean humidifier, if applicable.
Open and clean п¬Ѓreplace, light pilot light, if applicable.
Check doors, tighten loose hinges and lubricate track of
sliding door(s).
Check attic after storms for moisture that may have
entered through vents, remove as soon as possible to
prevent water damage.
Inspect wet areas such as tubs, showers, and sinks
for sealant.
Treat HVAC condenstate lines with vinegar.
Clean carpets and rugs.
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Check windows and screens are operating properly.
Check clothes dryer vent and ensure it is free
from debris.
Check sealing around windows and doors,
replace as necessary.
The Pride & Joy Of A
NEW HOME
It has been our privilege to build your new home.
We hope your enjoyment of it is never ending.
This book will come in handy in the years ahead.
It will serve as a guide in keeping your home well
maintained and worry free. A home is more than
a collection of rooms. It is the center of family life
and a place where fond memories are formed.
Thank you for allowing Mattamy to be part of it.
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