Have you ever had difficulty falling asleep in a hotel because it just doesn’t feel like home? This could be less to do with the comfort of the bed and more to do with the sounds you hear as you drift off. Every home has its own unique aural fingerprint but that dripping tap could be trying to tell you something important. Here are some common home noises you shouldn’t ignore – so listen up!
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Creaking floorboards; houses, especially old houses, aren’t static and move about causing wooden floorboards, timber frames and stairs to make that familiar creaking sound employed by thousands of horror movies for generations. But creaking floorboards could be a scary prospect as it could be the first signs of structural problems such as dry rot and insect infestations. You can get this checked out and treated quickly before it becomes an expensive nightmare and even prevent problems occurring with the right advice. Check out TermiteControlPlans.com for more information.
Rattling doors; it could be a poorly fitted door but the rattle might also be the product of aging or poorly fitted windows. Drafts aren’t a major health hazard but they do make it more expensive to warm your home and ultimately reduces its energy efficiency. What’s more, what starts as a draft could end in water damage if windows are left to let in rainwater. Check you aren’t leaving your home exposed by checking and replacing window frames that no longer serve their purpose.
Banging in the attic; if it sounds like a party is going on in your attic every night you may have aging water pipes that can cause a lot more damage than the odd night of thumps and pops. Aging water pipes are inefficient and can increase water bills, cause heating systems not to work properly and are an ever present leak threat with the potential to cause expensive water damage. If in doubt get a plumber in to check if your pipes have seen better days.
Scratching and rustling; you might already have a full house without the nightly visitors that might be making these eerie noises. It could be anything from a trapped bird to racoon or rat, which not only carry diseases but can also cause property damage. Calling pest control will help rid you of your unwanted guests.
Thunder and lightening; OK so you may not experience the lightening unless you have a serious electrical problem but the sound of thunder is real and could be an indication that your heating system is about to let you down. Preempt cold showers by getting it checked out as soon as you hear the storm approaching. Visit usboiler.net for more information.
If you can fix the problem before it causes havoc in your home you can probably save yourself serious money. So next time you are getting cosy try a conversation with your home and sleep tight in the knowledge you’ve got it covered.