Wondering how to fix squeaky floors? It’s easy to do, even through carpeted floors.
Squeeeeeeak. At the top of our stairs, we have developed extremely squeaky floors in the last couple of years. It was never a big deal until the baby was born.
Now the squeak sounds 50 times louder because his nursery is right there. We had to figure out a solution for how to fix squeaky floors through carpet without damaging it.
How to Fix Creaky Floors Under Carpet
We had been under the impression that you can only fix a squeak in the floor if you tear out the carpet. Granted, this might be easier, but it’s not the only way to do it.
To fix a creak under your carpet, all you need is a squeaky floor repair kit!
We found a kit on Amazon for fixing squeaky floors through carpet. It’s the O’Berry Enterprises “Squeeeeek No More” Kit and it looks very “as seen on tv” so we were a little skeptical, but it actually works.
In addition to the squeak repair kit, you will need a drill. You can use a stud finder, but we didn’t find it to be necessary!
Find the Joists
The first step is to find the floor joists around your squeaks. Squeaky floors are usually the result of a sub-floor board that has come loose around a nail on a joist. The squeak is the plywood subfloor board rubbing up and down on the nail.
Locate the joists by using your hand or a hammer to find where the floor is solid. You can also use a stud finder to locate the joists.
Verify if you located a joist by using the drill bit included in the kit. This drill bit will bore right through the carpet without causing any damage.
You’ll know the drill bit has found the joist by feeling it bore into the joist. But you can also tell by reversing the drill and if it comes out on its own, then you’re there.
If you’ve missed the joist, the bit will be loose and won’t come out on it’s own. Try again until you’ve found the joist.
You can also use a stud finder to aid in your joist finding, but we prefer the drill method!
Finally, find the joist on the opposing side of the squeak. Joists are typically 16″ apart.
Drill Your Screws
Take the tripod piece from the kit and press it firmly into the carpet with the center over the joist. You will hear the three prongs “pop” into the carpet.
Press your weight into the floor where the squeak is. I got down on my knees right on top of the squeak and next to the tripod to ensure I was putting as much weight down as possible.
Use the special driver bit and drill a screw down through the center of the tripod. It will stop when the collar of the driver bit hits the bottom.
Repeat these steps with screws about 8″ apart along the joists on both sides of the squeak, for a total of 16 inches apart.
These screws are pulling the floorboard back down to be flush with the joist to eliminate the squeak.
Pop off the screw heads
You’ve probably noticed by now that there are exposed screw heads. On one of the three prongs of the tripod is the screw head remover. Slide this around each screw head and rock back and forth until the screw snaps off. you won’t have any bit of screw exposed.
This works because they created a score at the perfect level down from the bottom of the tripod. You’ll have no problems as long as you drive each screw all the way to the max depth.
To recap, the way to fix a squeaky carpeted floor is to:
- Find your squeak
- Locate the joists on either side of your squeak
- Use the Squeeeeek No More kit to verify the joist
- Screw down the sub-floor with kit’s tripod and screws
- Snap off screw heads
- Listen to silence
The “Squeeeeek No More” Kit worked great for us at the top of the stairs. It completely eliminated the squeaky areas and we no longer have to worry about waking the baby.
Do your floors squeak? Here is a super simple and budget friendly way to repair the squeaky floors through the carpet without removing the carpet.
- Squeek no more kit
- Locate the joists under the carpet. You should be able to knock with a hammer and hear the solidness of the joists. The kit comes with a drill bit you can use to verify that there is a joist in that spot. This drill bit will bore right through the carpet without causing any damage.
- Place the tripod over the joist and POP into place.
- Use the included drill bit + screw to screw into the floor, tightening the subfloor to the joist.
- The screw will stick up a bit. Use the hook on the tripod to pop the screw off.
- Repeat until you are satisfied! We did screws about 8" apart along the joists until the squeak stopped.