Why Does Your Floor Screech?

Have you faced this problem at home? If there’s a wooden flooring, most probably you would have had this issue. Not only you, but anyone who does building inspections would agree that a squeaky floor would be both annoying and a household hazard which could compromise the value of your house. For instance, if you are planning to sell your house and advertise on the paper, then once the buyers visit they will realize the squeakiness of the flooring and they may even step back from the idea of purchasing it.

Similarly, when you also go into a new home, you will have to come across these type of matters. However, it is better if you can keep in mind few remedies to get rid of this by fixing squeaking floorboards. But before that, you must understand why does this happen and what are the reasons. There are a few different possible causes. One of the best options available is to get a PEST inspector to check this for you otherwise you will have to keep a close eye on your own.

Shrinkage

This occurs when the wooden floors are not seasoned properly. It becomes loose and jiggle when a lot of pressure is applied. Because once you start walking here and there it always pushes down the weight of your body to the flooring.

Cramping issue

When your flooring is not fixed in the right way, there could be a slight movement between the boards which will lead to an irritating squeaky noise.

Dry floor

In the event that the flooring is excessively dry, it generally tries to retain some moisture. Once absorbed to the floor board, then it expands. This may require even relaying of the boards which could cost you very high. Having mentioned those reasons, you should know few tricks to fix squeaky floorboards on your own or with the help of a carpenter. The most common technique would be wedging. Get under the boards and see whether there are any gaps. Specially, pay attention to the gaps between the piers and bearers. If you find any, then the solution is to patch the gap by applying fiber cement. In case the gaps are very large, you will have to install wedges to restore the difference. Further, you may have to even repair the piers, if it is installed on a very dry soil. Here it is recommended to remove the wedges and reinstall the piers so that it will become much stable and deeper. An alternative would be to use wooden screws to prevent squeaky floors.