Unfamiliar squeaks and creaks in your house can be disruptive and annoying – but they can also indicate a more serious problem. If you’ve noticed new sounds that don’t have an obvious cause, it’s a good idea to identify them. This will help you determine whether the sounds are indicating a larger issue in your house.
When pipes become unsecured, they can bang against floor joints. To quiet the sound of rattling pipes, wrap the pipes in foam insulation or rubber tubing. Then, secure them to joists about every four feet, using nail-on metal pipe straps.
Stairs start to squeak when treads become loose from stringers. To tighten, drill two starter holes into the tread and stringer at opposite 45-degree angles. Then, drive finish nails into the holes, and cover with wood putty.
Radiators gurgle when the heater isn’t correctly inclined. Saw and place shims under radiator legs to move steam toward the pipe, or, if you have a two-pipe system, toward the steam trap.
Most people simply spray WD-40 on noisy hinges. However, experts recommend a more long-lasting fix. Remove the hinge pen and coat it with a lubricant, such as petroleum jelly. Then, replace the pin. Ensure that the lubricant covers the length of the hinge.
When hot air rushes through cold metal furnace ducts, it can cause a rattling or whistling noise. Make sure nothing is blocking air returns and causing pressure issues. Rubber pads can help cushion the ducts against wood framing.
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This is an updated blog post, taken from a post that was originally published in October 2018.