How to Fix Your Squeaky Wood Floor Fast

List: Posted: 10/07/11

Most people love their hardwood floor, but when you have a squeaky floor, the squeak can become annoying very quickly.  Fortunately, you will find some very easy DIY fixes that you can try before you have to call in a carpenter to deal with the floor.  Here are a few simple fixes that should work for your wood floor problem.

What is causing the squeak?  Squeaks are the result of two pieces of the wood rubbing one another.  There is a possibility that the wood has moved away from the subfloor, or that there is a gap between the joists and the subfloor.  Whenever someone walks across the area, it will squeak.

Locate the squeaky part of the floor by having someone walk across it.  If the squeak is on the first floor and you have a basement, or on your second floor and you have dropped ceiling tiles, you can go downstairs and pinpoint the exact part that squeaks. 

 

The fix itself is extremely simple.  If you have access to the joist, you will be able to use a wood shim (just a small piece of wood that will fit between the joist and the floor) and wood glue.  Apply glue to the shim or in the gap.  Use a mallet to place the shim in between the two squeaking boards.  File it down, and varnish to make it match the surrounding wood. 

Another option for your squeaky floor that is simple to apply is rearranging your furniture.  You can place a large piece of furniture, such as a sofa, over the offending area as long as the sofa isn’t in the way.  This isn’t a true fix, but it can help until you have the time and money to call a professional out.

Bathroom Planning & Remodeling Contractors

    We are an industry leader in the area of residential glazing. We are a team of highly motivated managers and technicians dedicated to providing the best products and services available in the DC Metro Area. Our strength is generated from our commitment to our clients, our industry, our employees, and ourselves. Every member of Modern Glass Designs has been chosen to meet the high standards demanded. Every member is also fully qualified, ensuring that your work is done right, first time. We offer only the finest products and services to the residential, commercial and industrial construction trades. Contact us today!

    • 45945 Trefoil Ln Ste 154
    • Sterling, VA 20166
    • (703) 258-3405

      SERVING THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA AREA Hire-a-Handyman provides personalized services You are the BOSS

      • 20104 Broad Run Dr
      • Sterling, VA 20165
      • (571) 269-5852

        Payment Types: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American, Check, Business hours: Monday - saturdayL 7:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-3:00PM

        • 22641 Blue Elder Ter Apt 103
        • Ashburn, VA 20148
        • (540) 660-9346
        • Ashburn, VA 20147
        • (703) 724-0536

        Discussion

        Did you enjoy this article? Let us know what you think.

        Rating
        Add a Comment

        Clear

        The material in this article is for informational purposes only. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Local.com. See Additional Information

        Advertisement

        More about local.com Features

        Socialize With Us
         

        © 2014 Local Corporation - US Patent 7,231,405
        Some data provided by Acxiom. Questions and Comments? Send us your feedback!