- Fantastic Team
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- Published: October 29, 2018
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Is Your House Haunted? Or, Is It Just Your Squeaky Floor?
It’s finally the weekend. You can relax at home during the day. You’ve decided to spend a nice day at home, relaxing and not thinking about work, or anything stressful. But, as you walk towards the kitchen to pour yourself a nice cup of tea, there’s this squeaking sound following you around.
What could it be?
Sources of Squeaking Sound
Let’s investigate like professional detectives (or ghost hunters). In order to find the source of the problem, ask yourself a few questions.
Is the squeaking random?
Listening to when the squeaks appear is the first step of getting to the bottom of this mystery. If the squeaks don’t appear in a pattern, you might have something to worry about. After all, ghosts do whatever they want. They don’t follow patterns.
When do the squeaks appear?
Once you notice a pattern, you can relax. It’s probably not a ghost. But, it’s still important to find out what’s going on. The pattern doesn’t have to be something that repeats, it’s enough to notice a cause to the squeaks. For example, if they appear once you start walking around.
Could ghosts do that?
Maybe. Ghosts aren’t corporeal, so they are able to do a lot of strange things, from knocking items from shelves to smashing invisible chains in the walls, to causing the structure of your home to squeak and moan because of their presence.
But on the other hand, if they really have a problem with you, a being so powerful would surely know how to communicate their problem better. So, what you might actually be dealing with is a floor in need of some good old maintenance.
Is it just your squeaky floor?
Come to think of it, the squeaks only come from beneath your feet when you walk around the house and only in certain areas. Not to mention the flooring isn’t brand new.
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What Causes a Squeaky Floor?
- Problems with the subfloor. If the tops of the floor joist are not flat and levelled, the sheets of sub-flooring won’t be supported evenly. Over time, the unlevelled portions of the floor will try to go back to a levelled position and cause a gap. The nails holding the floor will be pulled loose and whenever the area is stepped on, it will produce a creaking sound.
- Humidity. Water and humidity cause almost every material on the planet to deform, and wood is no exception. When wood dries out, it shrinks and causes a gap between the wood boards. Whenever the area is stepped on, it produces a creaking sound.
- Temperature changes. Hardwood floors shrink in the winter months and expand in the summer months. This expansion and contraction cause the flooring to come loose from the subfloor. This leads to a squeaking sound.
- Foundation movement. Over long periods of time, the soil under your house shifts due to environmental changes and the movement of the tectonic plates. Earthquake activity in the area also plays a role. This causes the wood boards to shift and ultimately produces a creaking sound.
You may notice that the most common reasons for squeaky floors are not things you’re able to control. Just like you have no control over souls from the Underworld manifesting inside your home. But there are things you can do to fix your squeaky floors and the Fantastic Services team will explain how.
How to Fix a Squeaky Hardwood Floor
- Remove the carpet. If you have carpet over your wooden floor, you should move it out of the way. If you cannot, there are certain maintenance kits you can find in your home improvement stores, that would allow you to work on the wood flooring through the carpet.
- Locate the joist nearest the squeak. Walk in the squeaky area until you can find the source of the sound. Find the closest joist to the squeak using a stud-finder or a hammer. Tap gently and listen to the sound it makes. The joists will sound flatter and thinner when you tap on it, while the other side will sound deeper.
- Fix the loose board to the joist. Use heavy-duty wood screws to drill through the squeaky boards, the subfloor, and attach both to the joist. The screws should be the appropriate length. If you don’t know it precisely, you can get a sense of it as you’re drilling.
- Fill the hole with wood putty. You can get wood putty from your local home improvement store. Apply a small amount of it in the hole you just drilled and sand the area smoothly. You can match the colour of the putty with the colour of your hardwood floor. Of course, if you’re putting your carpet back over the hardwood, you don’t have to worry about it.
- Sand the spot. Use fine grain sandpaper to smoothen the edges of the wood putty. You want your floors to be smooth when you walk over them. Even if you place a carpet over the fixed area, it’s still possible to feel the small bumps of your word under your feet. So, sand the spot and be careful not to overdo it.
Halloween is just around the corner and we at Fantastic Services are ready to inspect your floor for maintenance issues and ghostly presence. You just make sure to be brave in the face of supernatural activity.
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