Why Does My House Pop & Creak All the Time?

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Why Does My House Pop & Creak All the Time?
Old wood houses can be noisy. (old house image by Tom Oliveira from Fotolia.com)

It seems like every house has a creaky door or squeaky floorboard that gives it character, but some houses are downright noisy. Fortunately, this shouldn't be cause for worry. A house that pops and creaks all the time is just adjusting to its environment.

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Cause

Your house is made of materials that expand and contract, such as wood, drywall and asphalt shingles. When temperatures heat up, these materials expand. When temperatures drop, they contract. The constant expansion and contraction makes noise.

Conditions

Certain conditions will make your house pop and creak more than normal. Heavy winds, wild swings in temperature and changes in humidity can all cause your house to make sounds as it adapts to these changing conditions.

Relax

There's nothing wrong with your house popping and creaking all the time. You can't do anything about it, so learn to treat it like background noise.

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