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3 Reasons Your House Is Making Noises and What They Mean

3 Reasons Your House Is Making Noises and What They Mean

Have you ever felt like you’re living in a haunted house because of all the strange noises you hear? Well, many of those noises are surprisingly fixable. Here’s a list of three of the most common reasons for noises around your home and what to do about them.

Scratching Noise from Inside Your Walls

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If you start to hear scratching noises inside your walls, it’s likely a rodent getting cozy in your insulation. Mice are always looking for holes and ways to get into your warm home, but they can’t stay because they carry diseases and can eat through wiring and cause fires. Plus, their scratching noises keep you up at night.

Place a few mouse traps around the baseboards of your home and hopefully, the rodent will be caught soon. You also want to make sure all holes and cracks in your home are sealed to prevent rodents in the future. Check all your baseboards for holes and use caulk to fill them. If you keep hearing scratching noises in your walls, you might need to hire an exterminator to get rid of the rodents for good.

Clanking and Knocking Noise from Your HVAC

Clanking and knocking could be caused by many things, but your HVAC is the most likely culprit. The ductwork in your home expands and contracts as it experiences temperature changes. You’re most likely to hear these noises when you turn on your heat for the first time each year. If it doesn’t go away on its own, an HVAC tune-up can often eliminate any clanking or knocking that you’re hearing. It’s also a good idea to vacuum out your vents to remove dust and dirt that can make noises when your heater is on.

If the clanking is coming from your radiators, there’s probably a buildup of condensed steam. You’ll need to be bleed your radiators to get rid of the noise. It’s a quick fix that might need to be performed on a routine basis, especially if you have an old system.

Bubbling or Popping Noise from Your Water Heater

It’s a little scary to walk into your utility room and hear a popping or bubbling noises coming from your water heater. It’s usually caused by a buildup of sediments and rust on the bottom of your water heater. As the gas heats up the water, the sediments pop. Eventually, this aids in the corrosion of your water heater and can possibly cause a flood.

You’re supposed to drain and flush your water heater every few months to remove the sediments at the bottom of your tank, but homeowners rarely do this. If you start to hear popping, attach a hose to the valve at the bottom of your water heater and drain it out. This should get rid of the noise.

You don’t have to stay awake at night because of your noisy HVAC or water heater. Most strange noises in your home are easy to fix. Also watch out for other common sources of noises in your home, such as air pressure in your water pipes, dripping water, and buzzing lights.


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