4 House Noises You Should Never Ignore

Nobody is going to try and convince you that every noise in and around your home is cause for alarm, but some noises do need your attention. It’s important for a homeowner to know if cracking and creaking in their home is a sign of possible future maintenance or repairs. The last thing you need is an expensive structural or mechanical emergency in your home because you didn’t pay attention to the warning signs. The following is a list of noises in your home that you shouldn’t ignore. 

Noisy Furnace 

According to a GEICO report, “unusual and persistent noises from the furnace should never be ignored.” In fact, it’s always best to hire an expert HVAC technician to inspect your unit. A furnace that’s inspected every six months has a greater chance of reducing any noises and prolonging the life of your heating and cooling system. An experienced professional will have an eye for minor and major repairs and new installs. Here’s what you should listen for: 

  • squealing/squeaking 
  • clanking 
  • whistling 
  • popping/crackling 
  • banging 

Dripping Sounds

A leaking faucet may seem like a small problem, but it can be a nightmare for a homeowner. The Environmental Protection Agency says; “a faucet that drips one drip per second is wasting 3,000 gallons of water per year. With a loss that measurable, you’re also spending a tremendous amount of extra money on your utility costs. It could be as simple as replacing a gasket or checking a faucet washer to major repairs that require a HVAC technician. Your water should never continue to drip after the faucet has been completely shut off. Running water is another indication there may be problems with your pipes. 

Loud/Whistling Windows 

Whistling windows should be replaced right away. When your windows are cracked, broken, or out-dated, it’s nearly impossible for them to keep out the elements or from causing heating or air to escape your home. This means tremendously high energy bills and the constant uneven temperament of your home. 

Sounds In The Attic Or Walls

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Sounds in the attack or scratching on the inside of the walls could mean you have unwanted house guests. Pests and rodents love harboring in your attic and in the walls to build their nest. Birds, mice, wasps, bees, and raccoons are common rodents many homeowners will find lurking in their attic or walls. Pests should be expelled immediately to avoid structural damage to your home from chewing on your wood or pipes. 

Remember, your home is an investment. many homeowners ignore the sounds in their home and end up with a hefty price tag to make repairs. If you’re not sure about a noise you can always enlist the help of a professional. As your house settles, you’re likely to hear a lot of different noises, but others are trying to warn you of potential failure or existing damages. Not all noises will be a threat to your home. Homeowners should listen out for unusual or persistent noises. When your house speaks are you going to listen?