That Squeak Is Driving Me Crazy

Dated: 08/27/2016

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Johnson City Homes

Is there anything more annoying than the floor creak? Ugg! When you hear it, you just know all is not right with the universe. Your mind starts wondering.."man, is that a sign of something structural under there?". While it may be, there's a good chance it's not. Hardwoods and staircases are the most notable squeaky culprits, but regular base floorboards can also sing. If the floor does have structural issues, it might be attributed to a possible bevy of things; expansion/contracting of floorboards with weather and household temperatures, or, and yes, we're gonna go there, termites. Not to fear though, today, we're going to look at shushing those aggravating squeaks. 

First, know that fixing a squeaky floor is a two-person job. The inspecting person would ideally be below the squeaky surface-if possible, while the other person walks across to activate the squeak. If the floor is above unfinished or crawl space, the easiest fix is to smear some carpenter’s glue on a thin wood shim and gently tap it between the joists and subfloor, or between two floorboards, taking care not to pound so hard that you raise or buckle the floor. To fix squeaky staircases, access the back through a closet and tap the shims into the joints between treads and risers. If you can’t access the back, tap very thin shims between squeaking parts, then trim the exposed parts with a utility knife. You can also try applying glue to any rubbing parts.

If the area that you are getting a squeak is under carpet, experts advise driving a wallboard screw all the way through the carpet and pad into the floor joist, countersinking the screw head into the subfloor. The screw head should not be seen or felt in the carpet, although you may have to comb the pile a little to disguise where you drove the screw in. 
If you have spaces between hardwoods that are creating the squeak, there is a cool kit you can buy for about $20 called Squeeeeek No More. The kit provides long screws and a tool that breaks off their heads after they’ve been screwed through floorboards into the joists below. Viola!
If you're hearing crazy noises in your home, give us a call. We don't fix floors, but if you're in the market to sell a home that has squeaky floors and fear it may affect the price of your home, we can direct you to one of our most trusted partners that can inspect and give you some suggestions on the repair. Our office phone is (423) 433-6517, or if you're in Johnson City, come by and see us at our office inside Keller Williams Realty, 1033 Hamilton Place. Be. Squeak-free!

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Wes Shields

Wes Shields, Team Owner and Listing Agent for The Shields Team at Keller Williams Realty of Johnson City Tennessee, has a long and very impressive list of accomplishments in his 10+ years in the real ....

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