Effective Ways to Fix Squeaky Floors

by Ruth Hinds

Squeaky floors are one of those annoying household issues that can go on forever without being fixed. They can devalue your house though, and they certainly don’t give the right impression to your guests! Thankfully, there are many ways to fix the problem without too much hassle. 

Let’s take a look at what you can do.

Reinforce the Joists

Sagging or damaged joists can lead to movement of the floorboards, which results in a squeak. This can be rectified by measuring and cutting a block of wood that’s 2 feet longer than the poorly supported joists. Apply an adhesive so it stays in place, and secure with some small screws.

Fill Gaps with Adhesive

by Ruth Hinds

Apply a thick dot of adhesive into any gaps or holes in the flooring or in the joints below. These products can be especially strong, so take care and wear a mask. Stay off the floor for as long as possible, but for at least one day, while the adhesive dries.

Sprinkle Floor with Talcum Powder

This is one of the easiest options out there, so it’s definitely worth a try! Talcum powder will work into any gaps and help to reduce the friction. It can leave the surface very slippery though, so do make sure that you wipe off any excess once you have finished the job.

Enter Screws From Below

For hardwood flooring, a few screws could do the trick, as the problem might simply be caused by ageing of old screws. Try just one or two to start with to see if they minimize the problem, and add more if necessary. Make the area with tape before drilling to avoid any splitting of the wood. If you have porcelain tiles on the floor, take extra care to avoid accidentally smashing them.

If you’re willing to try out a few options, you’re bound to find the solution that works best for your issue. And once you find the right one, it’ll be a weight off your mind! Many of these suggestions can be put in place with tools and equipment that you’ll already have in the home, so you probably don’t even need to spend a penny.

Have you ever had squeaky floors in your home? What did you do to fix the problem?

This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Tons of Tiles. ToT imports and supplies a wide range of quality ceramic and quartz tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, and any area of your house that you would like to improve.

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