A ceramic floor is a beautiful and elegant part of any home. Unfortunately, even the pristine luster of ceramics can be marred by floor squeaks. Ceramic has a very rigid quality, meaning it is usually not the culprit. The cause of the squeaks is usually the floor underneath. Fortunately, with the right tools, you can learn how to fix a squeaky ceramic floor.
Things You'll Need
- Handheld jigsaw
- Wooden shims
- Wooden 2" x 2"
- Wood screws
Gain access to the floorboards and subfloor. The easiest way to get to what needs fixing is to go up from underneath, rather than down from the top. Go into the basement to gain access to first-floor floorboards. Use a handheld jigsaw to remove a section of the ceiling to gain access to the floorboards of the upper floors in your house.
Locate the source of the squeak. Squeaks are generally caused by a loose nail or floorboard rubbing against other material. Have a friend move over the squeaky tile while you inspect the underside of the floor to search for the cause. Prod the underside with your fingers to see whether any board moves.
Fix small spacing differences on the floorboards with wooden shims. By placing a sturdy but not rigid material in between a floorboard and subfloor, you can prevent the squeaky friction. Slide thin wooden shims into the gaps. Tap the shims into especially tight gaps with a hammer.
Secure squeaks caused by loose nails by securing the boards with a 2-inch-by-2-inch piece. With the old screw holds loose and likely stripped, you will need new screwed supports, facilitated by the piece. Place the wood up against the ceiling and carefully screw into the floor boards so as not to accidentally penetrate or damage the mortar and ceramic layer. Screw the piece into the subfloor joint to finish the brace.
Test your repair before cleanup. There is no sense in cleaning up or repairing the ceiling until the job is tested and confirmed. Have a friend walk over the squeak several times, at several speeds and forces, to test the effectiveness of the fix. Re-attempt or combine methods to finish the job.
Tips & Warnings
- Use metal brackets and glue for bracing the floorboard up for additional strength.
- Never try to fix a squeak like this from the floor down. You will have to break grout and mortar and make much more work for yourself.
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