Floors old wood floor joists

Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Henri

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Floor makes cracking noises

Q.  My floor in the front part of my home has been making the loudest cracking noises I have ever heard. I built the home 15 years ago and that’s how long this has been going on. The snap and crack sound like someone is kicking in the door. It mostly happens when we transition from winter to spring.

It’s only in the front part of my home. It’s a bungalow so my bedroom is not far. It goes on through the night and during the day. I can hear it outside when the garage is open that’s how loud the crack is.

I can’t take it anymore; I can’t sleep. Please let me know if there is a way to fix this issue. My basement is not finished. Thank you for your time.

A.  Since the cracking sounds are limited to the front of the house, and are mainly occurring as winter turns into spring, my guess is that it is caused by the moisture content of the floor components changing as the heating season dries it up. It sounds as if your heating appliance is directly under this part of the house.

If this is the case, and since the basement is not finished, try insulating between the floor joists in the area over the furnace or boiler with R-19 Roxul over a sizable area – perhaps much of the front of the house – and installing drywall to the bottom of the joists.

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