I'm getting a low volume hum in my house. It comes and goes. It's not
loud, but it is annoying. When it is humming, I can hear it all over the
house. I can also hear it in my attached unheated
garage. My wife can hear it also. I have been unable to pin point the
source. Anyone ever experience this? Any ideas what it can be?
Hard to pin down....
I've had 2 hums in the house. One was an electric base board heater- not
very loud, the other (much louder- the whole house vibrated) was a bad
valve on the toilet filler- made ALL the pipes in the house hum around 60 to
100 hertz. It went into sort of a "self oscillation" like a tuba.
Other things to think of- sump/well pumps, air flow over chimneys (like a
big pipe organ), neighbor disposing of bodies in a wood chipper........
I lived in a house, about a mile from a factory, where I could hear
noise transmitted through the ground (I guess), but only when I was
lying in bed. 'Spose I could have heard it with my ear to the floor but
never tried that. Don't know what device in the house could be heard
all over the house - is it audible at all hours, or possibly just
certain days or hours? Got any factories nearby? Audible outdoors?
Is the fridge shoved up against the wall or a pipe so it transmits sound
replying to norminn, Tbu62 wrote:
I have the same thing in 2 different homes. A very subtle 60 Hertz hum that
drives me crazy. It's noticeable everywhere inside both houses. I strongly
suspect the structures are resonating the vibrations from the surrounding
electrical grid. (why not, flowing energy creates resonance in the wires and
On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:14:08 AM UTC-5, Tbu62 wrote:
There have been mysterious hums of unknown origin at many places in
the USA over the years. TAOS, NM or Kokomo, Indiana are two of them.
About 15 years ago, I heard it here in NJ and it's been reported in
other nearby towns too. Best described as like a very faint rumble
similar to an idling diesel. When I first heard it, I thought it was
in the house. I turned off the main breaker, finally concluded it was
coming from something outside the house. Sometimes it can be heard
outside, but it generally is more noticeable or only inside a structure.
It's mostly heard at night too, rather than the day.
What it is, whether everyone that hears it is hearing the same thing,
no one knows. If you google for taos hum, kokomo hum, the hum, etc
you'll find info. Here I heard it off and on for several years, but
then it went away and I have not heard it again in probably 10 years.
On Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:04:59 -0800, Checkmate, DoW #1 wrote:
We have a seasonal spring on our property too, but it is in the
unfinished part of our basement (where it is dirt). Fortunately, we've
never had any water damage from it, as I've installed a French drain and
battery-backed sump pump.
There's also a sewer drain in the low spot of the basement, which now
functions as an overflow if the sump were to fail. Belt and suspenders.
[couple of groups snecked]
You need transformers and motors usually, current. Sure it's 60 Hz. I get
occasional pressure oscillations down around 15 Hz. My doors will shake.
Turn off th breaker. Large buildings vibrate at 60 Hz.
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