Fixing a Squeaky Floor

Get rid of floor squeaks for good

Squeaky floors aren't just annoying; they can actually diminish your home's resale value. Fortunately, repairing floors that squeak isn't a particularly demanding or expensive DIY task. With a little elbow grease and the right tools and supplies, you can make floor squeaks a thing of the past throughout your entire home.

There are several floor care techniques used to address squeaks, depending on whether or not you have access to the squeaky floorboard from above. Depending on your situation, you can use one of three repair methods. Note that the first method requires direct access to your floorboards, either from above or below. You will need to remove any carpeting covering the floor if you're going to use the first method.

Fixing a Squeaky Floor if You Have Direct Access to the Squeaky Board

Use this approach if you can get to the squeaky floorboard from above:

  1. Locate the squeaky board.
  2. Place a heavy weight on the board (100 pounds or more).
  3. Obtain screws which are slightly shallower than the combined depth of the subfloor and the floorboard.
  4. Drill holes along the length of the squeaky board at regular intervals.
  5. Install the screws in the holes.

Fixing a Squeaky Floor if You Do Not Have Direct Access to the Squeaky Board

If you don't want to remove your carpeting, or if there's some other reason you cannot directly access the squeaky floorboard, follow these directions:

  1. Isolate the squeaky board or boards.
  2. Place heavy weights on the affected boards (100 pounds or more).
  3. Use wooden screws or finishing nails to secure the squeaky floorboard to its joist beam.
  4. Countersink the screws or nails along the length of the board.

Temporary Solutions for the Less Handy Homeowners

If you're DIY challenged, there are a couple of other techniques which can provide a temporary fix. First, you can lubricate your floorboards by sweeping French chalk, powdered graphite or talcum powder into the gap between the squeaky boards. You can also insert wedging glazers between the boards, though this may not completely quiet the squeaking.