Your House Isn’t Haunted. Your Pipes Just Aren’t Secured Properly. (And Other Things You Can Fix To Silence Creepy Noises)

Those aren’t ghosts making a racket in your home—it’s just normal wear and tear taking its toll. Check out these remedies for common noises. SEE ALSO: How to Zombie-Proof Your Home

1. Rattling Pipes

If they’re not secured properly, exposed water pipes can clang against floor joists.

The Fix
To quiet them, wrap the pipes in foam insulation or rubber tubing cut from an old garden hose, then secure them to the joists every 4 feet with nail-on metal pipe straps.

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2. Gurgling Radiator

This problem typically arises when the heater isn’t pitched correctly.

The Fix
If you have a one-pipe radiator, place shims under the legs to move steam toward the pipe. If you have a two-pipe system, place the shims so that steam moves toward the steam trap.

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3. Creaky Doors

Don’t just spritz it with WD-40.

The Fix
Remove the hinge pin and coat it and the tip of the pin slot with a thick lubricant, such as petroleum jelly or marine grease. Then replace the pin, sliding it up and down to work the lubricant along the length of the hinge.

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4. Squeaky Stairs

Treads often work loose from their stringers.

The Fix
To tighten them down, drill two starter holes into the tread and stringer at opposite 45-degree angles. Drive 8d or 10d finish nails into each hole to secure the tread to the stringer. Cover the holes with wood putty.

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5. Beast in the Basement

Cold metal furnace ducts rattle and whistle when hot air rushes through.

The Fix
Cushion the ducts against wood framing with rubber pads. Also, check that there’s nothing blocking the air register at the return, causing pressure problems.

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