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Flooring  /  May 29, 2020

How to Fix Creaky Floorboards in Your Home

Squeaky floorboards are a nuisance. While this is a common issue in older homes, even newer ones are not exempt. Squeaky floors can be found in any home, regardless of age, and with any type of flooring.

But the good news is you don’t have to put up with it forever. Handyman Connection® of Orange County, the leading provider of high-quality handyman services in the area, shares some easy ways to silence your creaky floors for good.

But First, What Causes Your Floors to Squeak?

The primary reason is friction between two flooring elements. Nails or staples, for example, may no longer be keeping the floorboards firmly in place, and may be rubbing through the hole in the floorboards. Stopping this friction usually silences the creaks. Here’s what you can do:

1. Insert wood shims into the squeaky area. Taking care of the noise is easier when you have access to the space underneath the floor, like a crawl space or basement. Once you pinpoint the area where the squeak is happening, tap a wood shim between the joist and the floorboard. If it works, remove the shim and coat it with glue, and then put it back in the gap. Force it only far enough to stop the creak.

2. Use construction adhesive to fill long gaps. Wood shims may only work at stopping the creak in a specific location. A long gap running the length of the floor is a different matter. Because it covers a bigger area, it doesn’t make sense to insert a whole line of shims into the gap. Instead, fill that long gap with a construction adhesive. Once the adhesive hardens, it will prevent movement in the floor, which, in turn, puts a stop to the squeaking noise.

3. Drive short screws to the bottom of the floorboards. When wooden floorboards rub against the underlying plywood floor, it creates a squeaking sound. You can stop any movement by driving short crews up through the underside of the subfloor and into the bottom of the finished flooring. Just make sure the screws are not so long that the point sticks out of the surface of the finished flooring.

If you’d rather have a professional handle this problem for you, just turn to Handyman Connection® of Orange County. We are the top choice for the highest quality maintenance, installation, remodeling and flooring services in the area. Expect only superior workmanship and a smooth process when you work with us. We proudly serve Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Fullerton and other areas in Orange County, CA. Call us today at (714) 288-0077 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.

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