5 Creepy House Sounds You Shouldn’t Ignore
With sweaty palms, a racing heart, and a crushed ego, the eerie noises coming from our homes have bested us all. As we tease others for behaving the exact same way, we know deep down that these noises are nothing to be scared of – unless you ignore the noises altogether. With the potential to cause more damage to your home than your ego, we have set out to help address 5 creepy house sounds you shouldn’t ignore.
When it comes to normal house noises, the only random noise you should ever hear is a popping sound. Due to the expansion and contraction of various materials your home is built of, periodic popping sounds are inevitable. However, if they are happening more and more frequently, there could be an issue.
Moaning and groaning is normal behavior when waking your heating system from its spring and summer hibernation. As the vents expand, they rub against the frame of your home and creep you out. Once your system is up and running, it should remain relatively silent. If you hear knocking and clanking coming from the boiler itself, it is a pretty clear sign that your circulator pump is on its way out.
This is not a DIY situation, so seek out a repair company ASAP.
The Walls Are Talking
These are not the pets you were looking for. Regardless of where you live, your home is a potential vacation destination for mice, squirrels, bats, etc. With the potential to carry harmful diseases, as well as a knack for chewing through wires and siding, don’t let these critters make your home THEIR home.
Setting traps is an option for brave souls, but we highly suggest hiring a pest control service. Because these creatures may be dangerous, it’s not worth the risk of capturing these creatures yourself.
Once the pests have been captured and relocated, it’s time to take some preventative action:
- Seal up any small openings to your home with steel wool, metal sheeting, or caulk.
- Keep garbage in secure cans.
- Cover vents and chimneys with mesh grilles.
- Set traps.
Make The Water Stop
You haven’t used the shower or sink in hours, yet the sound of running water won’t stop. And no you aren’t just hearing things. The endless sound of running water likely indicates a busted pipe somewhere in your home. If not addressed, flooding and water damage have the potential to cause chaos in your household.
The best way you to test for leaks is to simply turn the main water line off and see if the noise goes away. If it does, you have yourself a leak. Call a plumber immediately.
For those homes with gas (excluding the stinkers in your family), a snake-like hissing noise likely means a gas leak. Take a walk through, and around, your home to see if you can smell gas. Leaks often come from corroded lines near the gas meter, so make sure to focus some time on this area.
If you hear and smell a gas leak, evacuate your home call the gas company immediately. The potential for ignition could be catastrophic. Gas leaks are not to be taken lightly.
Water Heater Bubble
Think of your water-heater like a boiling pot of water. Over time, minerals precipitate out of the water and act as a sediment buildup. If you begin to hear a bubbling sound coming from your water heater, it’s actually the sediment bubbling. This buildup of sediment acts as an insulator, which forces your furnace to work harder than it should be. Bubbling is a sign that your water heater is fatiguing and on the road to premature failure.
In a perfect world, you would be flushing your water tank every other month. However, many people neglect their heaters. If your heater is bubbling, flush the tank and force yourself to set a flushing schedule.
The bad news here is that if your heater is already making these noises, it is likely that damage has already been done and the heater is likely to call it quits before its expected expiration date.