Houses make noises, from creaky floors to refrigerator hums, and while some sounds are harmless and even add a little quirky-ness to the home, others are early indicators of potential problems that warrant your attention!
Anytime there’s something different going on in your home, you should investigate the potential problem. Pay attention to the way that things work and sound normal, and if you hear a change, consider what needs to be done before a small issue, turns into a major problem. Interested in what noises you should be looking out for? Allow Staples & Associates to guide you through the top five noises in your home that you should never ignore!
Noises from the Furnace
There are plenty of sounds that you may hear from your furnace that are completely normal. However, if your unit is making a persistent or unusual noise, it may be time to have it checked out. Having your furnace inspected every six months will not only help it run at maximum efficiency, but it could prevent some sounds from occurring in the first place.
Walls that Talk
Skittering, squeaks, buzzes, and any other noises coming from your walls and attic may mean that you have an extra something living in your home. Raccoons and squirrels are known to wreak havoc in attics. Of course, mice, rats, bees, and birds can do the same. If you hear an out of the ordinary noise, start searching for areas that look damaged or where an animal could have gotten in. If the noise persists, call an exterminator or consider setting up traps.
A dishwasher or refrigerator that is noisier than normal can cause expensive damage if you don’t take care of the problem right away. Appliance noises can be difficult to diagnose and treat without an expert’s attention, consider calling a professional in as soon as you hear any noises different than the usual.
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. Flushing the inside of the tank might be enough to fix the problem, but it could also be time for a new heater! Prevent potential leaks by giving your water heater some TLC with a professional inspection.
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, but it can also lead to energy waste. Try to find the source of the noise, and if needed, call a professional to fix the problem.
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