Squeaky wooden floors are common in older homes after the wood has dried and settled. The squeaks can be annoying and frustrating if you hear them constantly. Fixing this problem is not terribly hard or expensive, but does take a little time and effort. This article will look at how to fix squeaky wooden floors and will provide some tips to make the job easier. There are many solutions to fix wooden floors and this article will provide three quick common fixes that work most of the time.
How to fix a squeaky wooden floor: Materials
• Powdered graphite
• Wood shims
• Safety glasses
Instructions on how to fix squeaky wooden floors
1. Identify the loose board by both walking over it and listening for a “squeaky sound”, or if possible, standing on a lower level that shows the exposed floor overhead and looking for a loose board.
2. Once the loose board is identified, you have a few options of how to fix it, but let us first try the easiest solution: apply powdered graphite and talc in between any openings in the loose floorboard. You will want to apply a good amount of the lubrication in all open areas of the floorboard to help stop the squeak sound.
3. Lubrication is the easiest solution as stated above, but it does not always work; therefore using shims or simply more nails is a more permanent approach.
4. If not enough nails have been used to nail down the subfloor, or if the subfloor or the nails are becoming loose, it can cause friction between the floorboard and the subfloor, thus causing that annoying squeaky sound. Simply add more nails to the subfloor to tighten it up and eliminate that squeak.
5. If the squeak is still persisting after you have added lubrication and checked the nails holding down the subfloor then you may have to add shims to fill in the gap where the board is rubbing causing the squeak.
6. Place either a wooden shim or a makeshift piece of wood that will do the same purpose as a shim between the joist and the subfloor. Use your hammer to tap the shim or makeshift shim into place, making sure that it is snug, but not too tight.
7. Walk over the area to make sure that the sound has stopped, if it is still persisting go back and make sure that the shims were properly inserted and or that the subfloor is properly nailed down.
8. If the squeak persists you can call in a professional to fix it, or just leave it be. Squeaky wooden floors are not dangerous and are just caused by the wood settling.