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Repairing Squeaky Floors

Expert DIY Tips on Repairing Squeaky Floors

Squeaky floors can get really annoying to deal with. Which is why solutions for these have to be found. The following sections will discuss some common problems that lead to squeaky floors and give you instructions on how to repair them.
Rujuta Borkar
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2017
Squeaky floors are a mess to deal with. Not only are they annoying, but they can get really distracting as well. Why and how exactly do these squeaky hardwood floors come about and how does one go about fixing these? There are a number of reasons that can cause squeaky floors. The good news is, there are ways on how to fix them as well. The following sections will list out the problems and solutions of the same.
Loosened Nails
Sometimes the edges of the subfloor keep knocking against each other giving rise to squeaky floors. This happens due to the wood flooring―the nails have become loose, thereby allowing the subfloor layers to become loose.
Taking a hammer and banging the nails, thereby driving them harder into the floor might sometimes be the only thing that you need to do. But at other times, the problem is not as simple. Try banging the nails, if that doesn't work then try and install another nail or screw near the previous nail so that it adds to the strength of the nail. Stand near the area that has become loose and add the extra weight to the area. If there is something that has bent underway, it will go back in place. Then drive the extra screw and nail in and that should likely solve the problem for good.
Sometimes, it's not just one floor that needs to be driven in to solve the problem. There may be an entire section that has squeaky floors. So one nail is not enough. In such a case make use of an electric machine or gun so that more screws and nails can be driven in at the same time.
Squeaky Seams
Sometimes, two pieces of plywood might be pressed against each other too tightly, thus giving rise to squeaky floors. So also, during installation, there might be extra pressure that has formed between the edges and that might give rise to the noise every time you step on the floor.
Make sure to use this method of sawing only for squeaky seams and not anything else.
Try lubricating the seams with the help of graphite or silicone spray. You might find that this will most probably solve the problem, but it might also make a comeback with persistent use. Therefore, a more permanent solution is to use a saw and open the joints slightly. But be careful when you saw off and open the joints, as you might saw off a lot more than what is required, giving rise to some new problems.
All you need to do is saw off about half an inch or as much thickness that the blade has. This way you'll be allowing a little space in between and that should stop the squeaky floors from acting all squeaky. Next, put in some adhesive with the help of a knife into the crack. This will allow the flooring to be together and not get separated again.
Mystery Squeak
Sometimes, even after driving extra nails into the floor or sawing off the space in between the seams, the annoying noise continues.
This requires the most skills. You will have to check each and every part separately to determine where the noise is coming from. That would mean removing a section of the floor to check for the beam and truss, and see whether it is loose. Then determine the part which is causing that noise and try to fix it. Finally, put everything back in place. If you think that this is way beyond something that you can handle, then it would really help to get some professional help for the same. That way, there won't be any untoward effects on your flooring.
Squeaky floors can be easily solved, depending on the cause of the same. It is always a good idea to have a professional take a look at the flooring and solve the problem once and for all.