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7 Signs It’s Time To Repair Your Stairs

The concept of stairs is certainly not new! Rudimentary steps have been discovered in ancient Egyptian times; there are even some wood trunks fitted together which date from 6000 BC.

Of course the role of stairs has changed and the material used may be different; but you’ll still get the same warning signs that your stairs need to be repaired:

  1. Creaking Stairs

You know the sound; as you bound up the steps a specific one always creaks. It is often dismissed as simple the character of your home. But, this squeak is a very early warning that there will be an issue with your stairs.

It’s also a good idea to fix the stairs in order to prevent the whole family being woken up by your nightly bathroom trips!

The most common cause of a squeaky stair is a gap between the tread and the riser. Simply fill the space with carpenter’s glue and your squeak should disappear.

  1. Cracked Stairs

If you look at your stairs and notice that the tread or the riser is cracked, then you need to act quickly. This will prevent the rest of the stairs starting to get damaged.

You’ll need to remove the damaged tread or riser and replace it. You can do this yourself but you may prefer to call a professional.

  1. Stairs Loose

If you find that one of your treads is loose or wobbly then you need to get it fixed before it causes you or someone else an accident.

If it is simply the tread you may be able to refasten it to the securing network. However, you’ll need to make sure it is secured into good wood to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

If the stair appears securely attached but feels loose then there will be a gap that needs carpenters glue.

  1. Handrail Coming Off

This is an obvious sign that there is an issue with your stairs. After all the hand rail is designed to protect you and stop you from falling. You lean on it more than you realize; if it gives way it could cause a serious injury.

It is essential to replace the hand rail immediately or get professional help if you can’t do it yourself.

  1. Wobbly Post

If the post securing your stairs or handrail is starting to wobble it is either suffering from wood rot or old age. You’ll need to replace the post. This is not a job to be taken on lightly although it is possible for someone with good DIY skills.

  1. Water Issues

You may not instantly realize that your stairs have been damaged by water but a flood can start to rot your wood. You’ll be left with damp rot which can be easily tested for by gently inserting a screwdriver into it. If it goes in easily then you probably have wood rot.

It will be necessary to get professional help.

It’s also a good idea to contact an emergency electrician; your home electrics may be affected.

  1. Naughty Pets

If you have dogs or cats, then it is possible they will decide to sharpen their claws or even take a bite out of your furniture.

Fortunately, you should be able to sand this out or replace the damaged covering; making this the easiest issue to deal with on the list!

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