11 House Noises You Should Never Ignore
It only takes a minute to sign up. I have been driven mad by a low droning vibration type noise for nearly two years. I have gone through testing various possibilities; Electric being the first - switch power off at circuit and still hear it.
Water- turn off at stop valve under stairs, still hear it. I hear it worse at front of house than back. Hear it upstairs too. We are in a terraced row of houses so I've been round to the neighbours either side and can hear a faint hum in their houses but nothing as bad. To me it appears very loud as been living with it for so long I am totally tuned in to it! What can this be?
Is it possible for gas lines to vibrate? Could it be a mains water issue? Someone suggested we could have a leak? Electrical problem but had mains off and could still hear it? Boiler issue? We have had gas and water companies out but there was not anything obvious found by them. All appears normal.I heard Footsteps while I was home alone.
Gas meter is fine. No pressure issues with gas. No water leaks. Turned off toby in street and it was still audible. The front room floor does feel like its vibrating but perhaps the noise I am hearing gives the suggestion of vibration sounds like a bus engine idling in distance or the throb of engine when you are on a ferry but very low level.
At night when all is quiet it's horrendous as there are no other noises to mask it. Any ideas? We have had Scottish Power out as I thought it may be one of two electrical substation that are along the road.
They were doing work on them when this noise was first noticeable but the new installations are supposedly meant to be quieter models. Think they are kv transformers. At the same time we had to get our shower replaced and ended up withwater hammer, with pipes banging every time we turned tap or shower off. This was sorted by draining down the systm but the stop valve leaked for while after obviously not being used for years.
In the past 18months it has only been quiet twice really, but there was silence for a good few weeks then it returned. I don't hear a hum when I stand outside in garden or beside the closest substation but the furthest one approx m away does emit the usual hum but not at a level that you would think would reach my house I do not hear it in friends houses and have to escape to my parents or in-laws homes to get away from it.
I went for hearing tests and I've got perfect hearing.By Mary Boone on 23 Mar The dollars and cents that go into moving vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Houses groan, creak, and pop on a regular basis. Here's how to tell whether that noise you're hearing is something serious. Homes make strange noises.
We asked the experts to catalogue some of the more worrisome pops, hisses, groans, creaks and knocks, and tell us what they mean and how they can be remedied. If you hear knocking or clanking, typically located at the boiler itself, it might be a sign of impending failure of the circulator pump, he says. The problem: If you hear strange noises like scratching and possibly chittering coming from places where no one lives in the house, you could have mice, squirrels, raccoons or even bats sharing your quarters, says Richardson.
In the Southwest, the droppings of mice can spread hantavirus. The solution: As soon as you suspect an intruder, get on it: Set traps. Call in a pro if the animal is stubborn or large. Bring pet food inside. After pests have been removed, make sure vents and chimneys are securely covered with mesh or a grille, so those spaces can still breathe. The sound could indicate many things — a busted pipe in a wall, under the floor or even in the irrigation system.
The strange noise you hear is the bubbling sediment — and a sign that the tank is probably experiencing fatigue and may be facing premature failure, he says. The solution: Ideally, you should flush out your hot water tank every few months, using the drain valve near the bottom of the floor. If your water heater is already making these noises, draining it might help.
The solution: First, check your fixtures for leaks. Then, if needed, call a plumber familiar with well systems. The problem: If your home has gas, a strange noise that sounds like hissing could indicate a gas leaksays Richardson. If you hear the noise and smell the gas, immediately evacuate the house and call the gas company. Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow. Group Copy 9 Created with Sketch.
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9 Sounds Your House Should Never Make
Zillow Porchlight. What's That Sound? Featured Post. By Mary Boone on 23 Mar The dollars and cents that go into moving vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Read Full Story. Zillow Tools Find homes for sale Search for rentals Check the latest mortgage rates Get home design inspiration Connect with a local agent. Notify of. Soph Mansell. Vote Up 31 Vote Down.His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home — from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.
Young children are not the only ones frightened by things that go bump in the night. High-pitched squeals or a grinding noise from a furnace or an air conditioner could mean that a moving part is not moving the way it should and requires quick action. Immediately shut off the system, then wait a few moments and turn it back on.
If the sound returns, shut down the system again and leave it off until a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning HVAC professional can take a look unless temperatures are so extreme that you have no choice but to use it.
Frequent clicking sounds from a furnace or air conditioner often mean an electrical relay is malfunctioning. Humming or buzzing sounds from an outlet or switch usually mean that a wire has come loose. Dimmer switches can hum for other reasons—see below. If so, the switch or outlet might be warm to the touch as well—although not necessarily.
A loose wire is a fire hazard, so call an electrician right away to check out the humming or buzzing. If the humming light is on a dimmer switch or the dimmer switch itself is hummingreplace the bulb with a different type of bulb or one made by a different company. Some bulbs mention on their packaging that they are designed to work well with dimmers. Scratching or scurrying from within a wall or ceiling. You can probably guess what this means—a rodent or some other small animal has gotten into your house.
Get it out as soon as possible. The longer this uninvited houseguest lingers, the greater the odds that it will chew through wiring…die in your walls, causing an unpleasant lingering odor…or give birth to babies. Or purchase and set traps—avoid poisons, which could be consumed by your pets or result in the pests dying and rotting inside your walls. Expanding spray sealants are a simple and effective way to fill small gaps. One spot to check: If you have a crawl space under your house, look under tubs and showers—builders often fail to properly seal off the openings beneath drain assemblies.
A water leak inside a wall can destroy wallboard and insulation and lead to mold or mildew problems. Fortunately, not every water sound signals a problem—sometimes the water is safely inside pipes. First, check your basement or crawl space below the spot where you hear the water sound. If there is a water leak, that water likely would find its way down there.
If you do not find water beneath the location of the dripping sound but the troubling water sound persists, conduct a water-loss test. Stop all water use in your home for 30 minutes—instruct family members to refrain from flushing the toilet and using the sink, tub, shower, dishwasher and washing machine during this time…and turn off the ice maker, sprinkler system and any other systems in the home that use water on their own.
Note the exact reading on your water meter at the beginning and end of this half hour. If it has changed even slightly, shut off the water to your toilets and redo the test—leaky toilets are the most common source of phantom water use. If this second test still shows no water use, it would indicate a toilet is leaking. Alternative: If you have a heating system that uses hot water or steam, the leak could be from there.
If you hear clicking sounds from the pump, that could mean you have a water leak. Water hammer almost never causes any problems for the home, but the noise can be annoying.
Other than that, water heaters should operate almost silently. You might be able to save the water heater by draining it to flush away this sediment. After the water heater has drained, close the drain valve and turn on the electricity and water to the tank. Do this every year. Occasional clicks from a well pump are normal—it just means that the pump is working. Frequent clicks when no water is being used in the house suggest that either an electrical relay in the pump is faulty or that there is a water leak in the house.
Use the leak-check procedure described in the water-dripping section above.
If you hear dripping from your fireplace when it rains, it could mean that rain is finding its way down your chimney. You need to put a stop to this or the metal firebox inside your fireplace could rust, creating a fire risk.Does your house have things that go bump in the night? Maybe between the creaking door, the strangle rattling in the walls, and the squeaking stairs, you're convinced the place is haunted.
Luckily there are a few things you can do to silence those squeaks and rattles. This post originally appeared on Improvement Center. The explanation is much simpler than an apparition in the attic. Houses, whether new or old, make plenty of noise. You might not notice it during the hustle and bustle of the typical day, but when things calm down at night, all those noises come out. What sounds should you expect from your house, and which ones are cause for concern?
No, that's not the sound of chains rattling in the attic. There are a few possible sources for this sound, but none of them ghostly—or even worrying enough to call in the pros:. Though it may sound like your walls are haunted, in reality it's the tiny fingernails or teeth of a rodent in your house, hiding among the ductwork and turning your insulation into a comfy bed.
If there is any means of entry into your house, you can bet that a wild critter will find it. Remedy the situation by setting traps, calling an exterminator, and making sure all cracks and holes around your home are sealed up tight.
However, remember that some wildlife must be protected and carefully removed from your home. To make certain of what the rules are in your state, get in touch with the U. Fish and Wildlife Service. That popping and bubbling sound isn't the wicked witch. It's probably your water heater, where sediment has settled at the bottom of the tank, then popped and bubbled as the water heats. This is especially true if you have a gas or propane-heated tank, as the gas can make a "popping" sound when it lights up.
Draining your water heater of sediment can help. On the other hand, it could also be the sound of a leak. To be sure, shut off the water at the main line and listen again. Is the sound gone? Turn the water back on and listen closely. The sound of water running could mean you need to get a plumber out there, pronto. That wild hammering you hear isn't a helpful carpenter ghost coming back to fix things—for better or worse.
If the sound is coming from the walls, it could be a "pressure hammer" —air pressure in the water pipes. This might be especially pronounced after flushing a toilet or turning on a faucet. The sound doesn't have to be anywhere near that toilet or faucet, either. Since the pipes run all through the house, turning on a faucet in the kitchen could lead to a banging sound under the bedroom.
Try turning off the water at the main, then draining all the lines. This often "resets" the water in the pipes, thus eliminating the hammering. A whistling sound is not a happy ghost; it's a very unhappy furnace or air conditioning filter. When the filter is dirty and inhibiting airflow, the system still has to get air, so it sucks what it can from around the filter.
That creates a whistling sound that seems to be most noticeable when the house is quiet—at night, when you are lying in bed wondering what that sound is. A quick filter change will help you get a good night's sleep. What if you are hearing the whistles even after you have changed out the filter?Some houses are relatively quiet while others are downright talkative. Popping, banging or creakingespecially in the dead of the night, is startling -- but in most cases, those sounds are just your home's reaction to temperature changes.
You can minimize some of the racket, and if the house is new, the noise probably will diminish over time. Sheet-metal ducting is notoriously noisy. When the furnace kicks on and hot air rushes through a cold duct, the cool metal reacts by expanding, accompanied by loud bangs. If you've ever had a baking sheet pop in the oven while making cookies, it's the same principle. If the ductwork is accessible, you can cover it with insulation or place rubber pads where the ducts make contact with wood framing or pipes.
If the ducts are not easy to get to, your remedies are limited. Ask an HVAC professional if fitting the existing ducts with acoustical duct liners is feasible or if adding flexible duct transitions in the main trunk lines will reduce the noise.
In new homes, roof trusses, or the wood used to frame the attic, often is greenmeaning it still has a high moisture content. As it dries, it can shift and contract, triggering bangs loud enough to make you think a tree fell on the roof. Those noises should decrease during the home's first year or so.
In older-home attics, unsettling bangs are more likely to be the sounds of trusses, joists, rafters and sheathing expanding or contracting as the roof heats up or cools down. Metal roofs are major offenders but shingled roofs also can be quite noisy. Installing venting in an unvented attic might help because fresh airflow allows the interior of the attic to cool at the same time the outside temperature drops, which decreases abrupt wood movement.
Adding insulation might diminish the echo effectcreated by a large open attic. Sound travels through solids, though, so the bangs still can reverberate through the home's framing.
When wood rubs against woodit can make surprisingly loud retorts. In the same way a loose step on the stairs always creaks, so does any other spot where wood makes contact with wood when you cross the floor. If a loose wood plank is the problem, drill a starter hole and insert a finish nail to secure the plank tightly to the subfloor. Then fill the nail hole with wood putty that matches the wood. Hot water flowing through cold copper lines results in expansion popping but there are other reasons for plumbing noises as well.
If your pipes shudder and clank after turning off a faucet, the problem could be water hammertriggered by high water pressure that surges when a valve closes quickly. The pipes react by clunking against wood framing or against other pipes. If you can reach the pipes, covering them in foam tubing can make a big difference. Your plumber also can install water hammer absorbers on water-supply lines to help maintain steady water pressure.
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House noises can keep you awake at night. Share this article. Glenda Taylor. Show Comments.Certainly, some of the sounds you hear in your house are totally normal your fridge intermittently running, the occasional creak of the house settling but there are others that are cause for concern — indicators of what might need to be fixed, replaced, or even exterminated.
We asked professionals which thuds, clanks, or hisses could mean that something is amiss. Once you've identified the source of a troubling sound or even if you can'twe absolutely recommend you call in a pro to fix the issue.
You hear water running — but nobody is using it. Rooter Northern Colorado. If you're still stumped, I would turn off the house's water and check for visible water damage throughout the home, and look for water pooling in the yard, around the outside of the house, or in the crawl space. Your AC is banging or squealing. Bottom line? Have your unit serviced by a professional. Your furnace is making a racket. This will only get worse, and cause larger, dangerous explosions over time, so call in a pro to handle the problem.
You suspect you've got critters. Fast moving scurrying noises are often rodents like squirrels or rats, " says Bob Cherrington, owner of Family Pest Control. You hear scratching in your gutters. A tinny scratching sound could be a bird's feet in your gutters, but this points to a different problem.
Birds hang out in gutters when water pools.
6 House Noises You Should Never Ignore
And if water is pooling in your gutters, it means the slope is incorrect. Have your gutters and downspout inspected to make sure water is being properly routed away from your house. Your lights are buzzing. Your fridge is popping — or won't stop running. Make sure nothing is blocking the passageway between the freezer and the refrigerator compartments this can happen when you pack too much food in the freezer.
You should also clean your refrigerator's coils at least once per season monthly is even better to keep it running efficiently. Your vacuum's crevice attachment can help make quick work of the job. Your dryer is screeching. People often forget to remove the shipping bolts on new washers and dryers. If it's the first time you're using the machine and you hear a loud banging, it's often because the shipping bolts haven't been removed.
You suspect a hissing sound that you worry could be a gas leak. Get as far away from the home as possible, but don't start your car. Calland warn your neighbors get far away, too.He expected it to be the pipes or electrical system making the odd sound.
Instead, Ailion was shocked to discover some new residents: thousands of bees. Houses frequently make noises—a floor creaks, a pipe gurgles, a refrigerator hums—but while some sounds are harmless and even charming, others are early indicators of potential problems that warrant attention. There are a variety of sounds you might hear from the furnace, Ailion says. In fact, he says, having the furnace inspected every six months will not only help your furnace run at maximum efficiency, but could help prevent some of these sounds from occurring in the first place.
In between inspections, keep an ear open for the following:.
First, make sure the radiator inlet valve is fully open, as a partial opening could result in some noise.
If the sound continues, the U. Department of Energy suggests placing shims under one side of the radiator, to tilt the excess water back toward the pipe or steam trap. If your boiler is knocking, your circulation pump may be on its way out. Contact an HVAC professional. If you hear something, search the outside of the wall for anything out of the ordinary.
If your dishwasher sputters or grinds, something may be stuck in the chopper blade area. A buzzing refrigerator may mean that the compressor is ailing. These conditions are difficult to diagnose without expert attention, according to Ailion, so consider calling a professional as soon as you hear the noises. Over time, sediment builds up on the bottom of a water heater as minerals precipitate out of the water and settle in the tank.
Excessive sediment accumulation may produce a popping or rumbling sound, which should be your signal to call in a repair professional. Depending on the severity of the situation, flushing the inside of the tank might be enough to fix the problem, but it could also be time for a new heater. Fixing it could prevent water leaks, Ailion says.
Improperly installed windows, worn weather stripping, changes in temperature and the simple passage of time can all cause an unwanted whistling inside the house. Not only is the sound annoying, it can also lead to energy waste. Email Your email address will not be published. Our whole house has a low frequency hum for 8 months. What specialist can definitively find the source? Noise in my small apartment is very loud and low pitched with vibrations. It never stops and the source cannot be located.
No one else can hear it but me. It is the same as the posting above mine here. Please help me. My walls click very softly. It feels like someone is stalking me and has invaded my privacy.
Well i was stalked and harrassed and had to move. I want it to stop I dont know who to talk toit has been going on 4 yrs Vicky. Leave a comment cancel reply Comment Name Email Your email address will not be published.