One thing which you are confident when you invest in wooden floors for your house is the timeless elegance which it would offer for a long period of time. But every type of flooring requires adequate care and maintenance.
After a certain point of time, wooden floors start to squeak because the sub-floors begin to separate from base wood floor. Since the nails slide in and out of joists, they make an irritating squeaking sound whenever you cross it.
This post is to guide as to how you can repair such squeaky wooden floors without calling for professional help. It is simple, easy and quick to make such repairs.
Figure out the point of squeaking: The first step is to identify where exactly the floor is squeaking. If you have access to the wooden floors or stairs from underneath, then you can have someone walk on the floor while you are down. This will help you identify the spot which you have to fix.
Fixing the problematic area
Using a shim- if the gap is tiny
If the squeaking is caused because of the gap between the sub floor and the joist as mentioned above (one of the common reasons) then all you have to do is to try and cover this gap. Whenever someone walks on that part of the floor, due to this gap the floor makes noise. You can simply take up a shim, apply some wooden glue on it and make it fill that gap. You need to slide it softly into the gap so that it doesn’t widen up. After applying the shim, you can also fasten the gap between floor and sub-floor with screw so as to provide extra layer of support.
Using a block of wood- if the gap is huge
If the gap is quite long and running along the entire joist then shim won’t work. Applying multiple shims would also not prove to be a good idea. Hence you should apply construction adhesive in the gaps and then push the lower half to clamp to the upper half. Let it dry for some time and then nail a block of wood alongside the loose joist. The adhesive only will not work and thus you need a strong support. You would also have to fix this from the upper area of the floor by driving a long finish nail directly into the joist. This would act as a joint among the sub floor, joist and the floor nullifying the squeaking.
If you don’t have access to the underneath area and can’t really fix the joists or sub-floors then you would have to fix the squeak from upside only. You should add a lubricant powder to the area which is making noise and then place a cloth over it. This lubricant powder can be powdered graphite or soap stone. After you put on the cloth, walk over it for some time so that the lubricant fills up the cracks. This lubricant will reduce the rubbing of wood and thus lower down the squeaking noise!