That Creepy Feeling – or not!

Have you ever get that feeling of raising hairs at the back of your head? Or the tingling sense every time you’re passing by the corridor of your home during the wee hours? Some people experience the thumping of feet, slamming of doors, playing of the piano and even the simple scratching from the ceiling. It will keep us scared and wondering what made those sounds, and might want to hide in the closet forever. Instead of hiding and calling an exorcist, you might want to try looking for rational causes for those weird noises. That’s because sometimes those strange noises might be a warning to prevent something really terrifying to happen like a backed-up sewer line or worse.

According to Realtor.com, here are some things that you need to know in order to understand what you’re hearing and not call the pros to spare the embarrassment, and you might be able to just quiet down your house on your own:

  • Gurgling from the toilet

According to Lev Moskovich, a plumber with Serviz in Sherman Oaks, CA, there are two possible causes. First one, which is the most common cause, a worn-out toilet fill valve. This is the part where the toilet controls the refilling of water in the tank after every flush. The second one, more likely, tree roots might have grown into the sewer pipes and a couple of unnecessary stuffs being flushed might be partly blocking the sewer line. The gurgling sound might be a warning that you need to clean up and fix it before it bursts and costs you more harm. Moskovich said that, professional plumbers might crawl in a camera to inspect the pipeline problem. But before calling them for the repair, make sure to call your local home improvement center for a new gasket. Sometimes, replacing a gasket is usually quick and easy and can take as little as 10 minutes. If the sound still stays, you really need to call the pros.

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image sources: waterquickpro.com, http://www.aplumber.com

  • Knocking or Banging inside the walls

Everybody’s scared of a pissed-off spirit banging the walls for attention. Or maybe, it’s just some air pressure building up in your water pipes and causing them to vibrate when the pressure is released, says J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman in the Detroit area. This sound occurs when you turn faucets on and off. Vibrating pipes can cause the connections to come loose, water leaks inside the walls which causes the ruining the drywall and eventually becomes the breeding ground for molds. Sassano says that one simple solution for this is a water hammer arrester which is found at a hardware store, because it prevents the banging of the pipes, especially for the exposed pipes. However, for the noisy pipes inside the walls, you might want to call in the pros and evaluate/diagnose the issue.

  • Hissing in the bathroom

toilet flapperimage source: http://www.plumbingsupply.com

The sound is usually caused by a leaking flapper. A toilet flapper is the rubber mechanism in your toilet that opens to let water out of the toilet tank when you flush and closes to allow it to refill. Sassano said that a leaky flapper will cause the fill valve to turn on slightly, refilling the tank due to water loss. The first simple solution to this is to flush the toilet just to quiet down the hiss, then after the toilet has completely refilled, you might want to stay and see if the water continues to enter the bowl. If so, the flapper chain may need to be adjusted so it sits flush on the valve seat.

For a more colorful approach to this according to Sassano, flush the toilet then once the bowl is completely refilled, add a few drops of food coloring in the tank, and if any color starts to seep into the bowl, it’s time to replace your flapper.

  • Radiator pops and clicks

According to Wikipedia, radiators are heat exchangers used to transfer thermal energy from one medium to another for the purpose of cooling and heating. Expanding metal can sometimes sound like hissing and groaning. This usually happens when trapped air or gas prevents hot water from heating your radiator fully so you need to “Bleed” them. Here’s a simple way to improve your heating output and eventually cutting your energy bill from uswitch.com:

how-to-bleed-a-radiator-infographic  image source: http://www.uswitch.com

So next time, before you think of any creepy reasons for a strange house noise, you might want to investigate first on the physical side of things. Maybe doing so can save you on costly repairs and also saving your own life from unlikely disasters.

Happy haunting!

Sources: www.realtor.com; www.fluidmaster.com; www.wikipedia.com; http://www.uswitch.com

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