Here are 6 noises in your home that may signal problems: Cracking floors, squeaking doors… while most of the noises you hear in your home are harmless, others may be hiding something more serious. Here are 6 noises that need your attention.
1. Scratches in the walls
If you hear scratching, squeaking or buzzing in your walls, it’s probably what you think: unwanted roommates.
Raccoons, mice, squirrels, birds, bees and rats can live in your home uninvited. Check your exterior walls for signs of these intruders, then call in an animal control specialist to dislodge them.
2. Clattering in the pipes
When your radiator does not drain properly, it may start to rattle. Check that the inlet of your radiator is open. If not, try to return the excess water to the hose by placing shims under one of the sides of the unit.
Knocking hoses can also be caused by “water hammer”, or hydraulic shock. This happens when water stops flowing through the hoses or changes direction suddenly. If you hear such a sound, consult a plumber immediately, as these hammers can eventually damage the pipe joints and cause long-term problems.
3. Electrical humming
Buzzing from your electrical appliances can mean several things, depending on the appliance:
- Fridge: A hum can be produced by a compressor failing.
- Dishwasher: A squeak or sputter can be caused by an object stuck in the disposer.
- Dryer: Again, if your dryer hums, the culprit could be an object stuck in the fan wheel.
- Plug or switch: A buzzing plug or switch could be a sign of a loose wire. Call an electrician, as repairing it yourself could be dangerous.
4. Boiler noises
A boiler can be noisy, this is (often) normal! But if it makes unusual or persistent sounds, call a heating professional.
- A squeaking sound can indicate that the engine needs oil.
- A slamming sound can be a sign of a clogged supply line.
- A knock can simply be caused by the fan hitting its cage.
- Whistling may be caused by a dirty filter.
- Knocking can also occur when you turn on the boiler.
5. Whistling in windows
There are several possible causes for window whistling, including :
- Degradation of weatherstripping.
- An installation problem.
- Wear and tear.
- Normal temperature changes.
In addition to being unpleasant, whistling can be a sign of heat loss. Prepare your home for winter by plugging leaks. If the problem persists, talk to professionals.
6. Boiling in the pipes
Don’t ignore the boiling from your water heater. It could be due to a build-up of sediment at the bottom of the unit. Call a professional to have it cleaned. Most water heaters last about 10 years. If yours is nearing the end of its useful life, you should have it replaced.
Your home is talking to you – listen to it! In the long run, you could save yourself a lot of expense and worry.