We’ve all been taught to be afraid of things that go bump in the night…so what do you do if your house really bumps? Bumps, thumps, creaks, rattles, or otherwise carries on? If you have an older home, you might have a whole set of noises you hear on a regular basis. Newer homes can be noisy as well. What are these noises, and are they worth worrying about?
As your Ashland building contractor, we hear a lot about noisy homes. In these situations, you always want to determine, if you can, the source of the noise. Sometimes the sounds we’re hearing are coming from outside our homes – street noise from passing vehicles, for example. These are noises that are beyond our control. We can’t stop them from happening, so we have to work on keeping them out. Choosing the right building materials means you can soundproof your home. With sound proofing, a bedroom can become a quieter, more peaceful place.
In other instances, the noises we’re hearing are coming from inside the home. The most common source of these noises is the house settling. All houses settle, because all houses are subject to the Earth’s gravity. Floor joists groan, moan, and creak as they’re moved during the settling process. How can you tell if settling’s serious?
If you discover that several new cracks have formed in your home’s foundation, or you see that an older crack has gotten wider, it is a definite sign that you need the services of your Ashland building contractor! That is a definite red flag. If it has gotten harder (or impossible!) to open doors or windows in your home, this is another red flag sign.
Not sure about the noises you’re hearing in your home? We’re here to help. Many noises can be addressed with simple repairs: fixing a shutter that’s come loose, for example, or repairing raccoon damage.