Tis the season for spooky noises around the house, from haunted Halloween decor to trick or treaters coming down the street. But what happens when the ghosts and goblins have gone away and you’re still hearing creaks, gurgles and bangs? If you have a creaky house, don’t be afraid: you may just need to make a few quick fixes, as explained by This Old House. We’ll go over a few below.
The Cause of the Creak: Rattling Pipes
When pipes become unsecured, they can bang against floor joints. Wrap pipes in foam insulation or rubber tubing, then secure them to joists with nail-on metal pipe straps every four feet.
The Cause of the Creak: Squeaky Stairs
Stairs start to squeak when treads become loose from their stringers. To tighten them, drill two starter holes into the tread and stringer at opposite 45-degree angles, then drive finish nails into the holes. Finish by covering the holes with wood putty.
The Cause of the Creak: Gurgling Radiators
Radiators gurgle when the heater isn’t correctly pitched. Place shims under the radiator legs to move steam toward the pipe, or toward the steam trap if you have a two-pipe system.
The Cause of the Creak: Whiny Hinges
Instead of spraying WD-40, experts recommend removing the hinge pin, and coating it with petroleum jelly or another lubricant. Replace the pin, ensuring that the lubricant covers the length of the hinge.
The Cause of the Creak: Noisy Furnace
When hot air rushes through cold metal furnace ducts, they can rattle or whistle. Use rubber pads to cushion the ducts against wood framing. Make sure nothing is blocking air returns and causing pressure issues.
No matter the cause of your creaky house, Broadway Rental Equipment has the tools you need to make a quick fix. Not sure what equipment you need? Give our Minneapolis tool rental experts a call and explain your creaky house situation. They’ll help you get started, and our affordable equipment rental prices will let you get the job done quickly and easily.