I hear a strange sound from the floorboards. I made a recording of it which you can hear here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1idaOVQx1O4OhvbT2lnnJm-lqSgdSJrQJ/view?usp=sharing

Here is what I know about the sound:

  • It happens only at night (which makes it specially annoying since it disturbs my sleep and makes it harder to diagnose).
  • It happens at irregular intervals. Sometimes I will go hours without hearing it and sometimes I will hear it several times in a minute.
  • It comes from a part of the floor which has loose floorboards.
  • It comes from a part of the floor next to the heater.

I have a wooden floor. What could be causing this sound?

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    Expansion and contraction due to fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels.
    – Kris
    Oct 28, 2020 at 0:08
  • Make that an answer, @Kris
    – FreeMan
    Oct 28, 2020 at 10:50
  • Maybe try putting a carpet over that area. Won't stop the sounds but could serve to muffle it enough so as not to bother you at night.
    – Kyle B
    Nov 27, 2020 at 2:46
  • I tried that, the sound was too loud to be muffled.
    – Rabee
    Dec 1, 2020 at 10:51

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Like Kris said it's most likely: Expansion and contraction due to fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels.

There are several options to address this: If you own the house, and want "a squeek free floor" hire it out to a local handyman. Otherwise you will play chase the squeek for weeks with a mix of screws, nails, glue and braces.

If you don't own the property, call the owner.

  • There is a product called Squeek-No-More that might help...once you find the source of the squeaks. Oct 28, 2020 at 4:27
  • @SteveWellens I can live with the squeaks. It's the popping sound which disturbs my sleep (recording of sound is in the question).
    – Rabee
    Oct 28, 2020 at 7:52
  • The holes in the flooboards through which the heating pipes pass were too small. After expanding them, the sound is gone.
    – Rabee
    Dec 1, 2020 at 10:52

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