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Squeaking Stairs – what causes squeaking stairs?

Posted on Tue May 7th 2019 by James Speke

Squeaking staircases are one of the most annoying problems to have with any staircase, not only does it create unnecessary noise which can wake up both adults and children alike – the presence of a squeaky step means that something is amiss with the structure of your steps.

Although this may sound serious, squeaky steps are very common, and pretty normal. A squeaky step is usually down to the fittings of the staircase moving and loosening over time. Another reason for a squeaky step is the timber within the staircase drying out a little bit, shrinking – again causing squeaking and creaking as you walk up and down the stairs.

The good news is that is squeaking steps need not cause too many issues, and with some simple steps they can be fixed either from above, or from below. In this post, we will look at how to fix a squeaking stair from above – as many staircases have plaster underneath the stairs which make a repair from below very difficult.

First of all, you need to find out exactly which step is squeaking and creaking – once you have the step identified, pry off the tread of the stair and remove the nails. You can then apply a bead of adhesive along the top of the riser, at the back of the squeaky tread. Once you have applied the adhesive, simply press the stair tread back into place.

Once this is done, you can then screw in each tread into the riser – essentially tying everything together. The next step is to screw the riser into the back of the tread – simple yet effective.

If you have any questions about fixing squeaking stairs – please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.