How To Make Floor Squeaks Be Quiet!

Have you been hopping across your floor in the middle of the night trying to avoid squeaky areas? They’re always annoying, but at night when it’s quieter they seem so much louder and can wake a sleeping family if they’re bad enough.

You don’t have to put up with squeaky floors, they can be easily repaired and you and your family won’t have to sneak around at night. The first place to start is finding the exact area of the squeak.

If you have a basement and the ceiling is open or have a crawl space under your home, you’ll need to watch from below while someone walks across the floor. Watch for any boards that give or sway causing the squeak. Once you’ve found the spot, use a level to determine if the floor board has bowed up or if the floor frame has began to sag.

If there is a gap between the sub flooring and the frame board, insert a wood shim into the area to provide the floor with support. Apply glue to the shim and gently tap it into place, don’t tap it too hard or it will cause squeaks in other areas of the flooring.

If the joist, or frame board is sagging, cut a piece of 2X4 longer than the sagging area and screw it into place. You can use a long piece of board to prop the spot up before securing the piece of 2X4 to the joist. You should cut the board to reach at least ten inches past the sag on each side and use screws that are at least three inches long.

If the squeak is coming from a floor board that isn’t abut with a joist, you can add a piece of board cross wise of the two joists. Measure the space, cut the board and secure it with screws on the outside of the joists. You can add as many pieces as you need to cover the entire spot of sub-flooring that is loose.

Sometimes years of walking on your flooring can cause the screws to loosen and your finished floor will rise just enough to create a squeak. To fix this from underneath the floor, you’ll need to find the spot and use screws to secure it back down to the sub-floor.

Use a drill to make pilot holes so it will be easier to insert the screws. The screws need to be at least 1 1/4″ long and adding a washer to the screw will keep the heads of the screw from pulling up through the flooring. The screws will pull the finished floor back down flush with the sub-flooring.

If you can’t get to the under side of your floor, you can still fix it from the top. If you’ve got a hard wood floor, you’ll want to be sure to drill pilot holes for the nails so you don’t crack the flooring. Hammer the nails into the flooring at a diagonal direction and use a nail set to sink the heads of the nails into the flooring. The holes can be filled up with some wood filler and sanded.

Sometimes floor squeaks aren’t caused by the flooring at all, they’re caused by duct work or pipes that are touching the floor or joists. As the floor gives any at all, it rubs against the pipes and creates the squeak. Hangars can be used to secure both the duct work and pipes in place so that they won’t be touching your flooring.