After I showered and shaved in our bathroom this morning, I heard an
unusual, animal-like howl that repeated several times. After
confirming that there was no dog or other animal making this sound
outside the window, I discovered that I could control the sound by
turning the sink faucet off and on. On closer inspection, I believe
that that the source of the sound is inside the bathroom's outside
wall (the exterior of the house) -- where the pipes run. (I now recall
hearing similar sounds in the past, but perhaps not so loud.) What
problem might I have with the pipes?
Do a GOOGLE search for Poltergeist.
Actually, the most common cause of such howlings, foghorns, screeches
is a worn out toilet ballcock (fill valve).
To see if that is the case, turn off the water supply to the toilet(s)
and see if the ghost departs. If you don't have a separate shutoff,
try holding the float in the tank with your hand and see if that
alters the noise.
The fix is to replace the ballcock.
Same phenomenon began here after the 1999 ice storm
(no electricity for 8 days thus no activity in well-supplied
water system), different in that not much changed by
basin faucets. Sounds ended after bathroom remodeling
included a new connection between water supply and
pedestal toilet (replacing soldered pipes by a screw-on
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
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