Floors

Most wood floors have or will develop squeaks; even in well-built homes. To remove these squeaks, try applying graphite or talcum powder between the floor boards and the floor joist, if they are accessible. Sometimes, cedar shims can be lightly driven into these spaces to solve the problem. Another method is to drive a screw of the proper length through the floor joist and into the floor boards – drawing the boards down firmly.

Periodically, check the floors in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas for signs of leaks or excessive moisture. Undetected water damages can lead to deterioration of floor coverings or structural framing members. Also, excess moisture can promote mold, fungus or bacteria, and provide nesting areas for insects.