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What’s Causing Those Strange Household Odors and Sounds

What’s Causing Those Strange Household Odors and Sounds

Do you find yourself lying awake, sometimes well into the wee hours, spooked by things that go bump in the night? Perhaps your house is haunted, which means you have two options: pack your bags and move or start charging admission for ghostly tours.

We hope we’re not dashing your hopes for a quick book, but there are more earthly explanations for most weird goings on, especially strange household odors and sounds.

Here are a few examples to help calm your nerves.

Creaking and Popping – Your home is made from a variety of materials – like wood, glass, and metal – that expand and contract at different times. These creaks and pops are usually more noticeable when warm days give way to cooler nights. The noises are completely normal and harmless.

Zombie Smell – If you notice a rotten egg odor, leave your home immediately and call the gas company from a safe location – the odor could stem from a natural gas leak.

Footsteps Above – Hearing noises in the attic? It could be a squirrel, raccoon, or other critter that’s made its way inside. Keep unwanted visitors out by making sure your gable, soffit, and rafter vents are screened. Also, trim tree branches away from your roof to make indoor access more difficult.

Burnt Wood – You haven’t had a fire in your fireplace in days but you’re still smelling burnt wood. If you’re sure that nothing is on fire inside or out, the smell could be coming from a drafty chimney. To put an end to it, make sure your damper is sealed and consider adding more cold air return ducts to your HVAC system.

Moaning and Clattering – You’re sitting home alone, the wind is howling, and you’re wondering what on earth is making those moaning and clattering noises. Chances are, they’re simply caused by backdrafts from your vents. Clothes dryers, kitchens and bathrooms, and even your water heater have vents with dampers that allow air to exit and prevent outside air from coming in. These dampers can move and rattle in high wind. Check them to see if they need to be secured or replaced.

Heating and cooling systems can make strange, disturbing noises, too.  A popping sound probably indicates restricted airflow through your ducts.  A clanking sound often points to a broken fan blade inside your condensing unit or furnace. Whatever the cause, you can count on Correct Temp to get to the bottom of it and get it fixed. For more information or to schedule service, contact us today.

What’s Causing Those Strange Household Odors and Sounds