Hearing banging noises at night..even when nobody except me is home

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

lauralaura123 : pipes can often make banging noises; if you have wood floors they can also make noise as wood expands and contracts.

You hear a lot of noises in my parents’ house (older Victoria property) and it’s usually caused by the above, though sometimes the wind is the cuplrit. The pipes make the loudest noise so in your case if it sounds like banging that’s a likely culprit. Tends to be particularly bad in cold weather or when the weather changes.  

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Do you have an attic? Could be someone living in your attic/walls/secret room under your house.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

it’s a spooky ghost… boo!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hear similar noises and I’ve discovered that it’s usually the pipes (I live in an older house). Does your refrigerator have an ice maker? Ours makes some pretty loud noises that took some getting used to.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

lauralaura123 :  Refrigerators can make sudden noises that sound like someone knocking from inside. At first, it freaked me out. But then I realized it was a refrigerator problem.

Maybe you can check yours too.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Houses can make weird noises. I’d make sure just for peace of mind that nobody was hiding away in the attic or something, like another bee suggested. It could be a ghost or something that can’t be explained, too. I know of some people who moved because weird shit kept happening, and it escalated. Maybe put up some cameras around your home to see if there’s anything there.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

As many others noted, houses can make noises for a variety of reasons. In addition to what others said, I would make sure that you check that everything is well sealed from the outside so you don’t have anything trying to get in for the winter (rodents). If you do, they’re pretty active at night and can make loud bangs. Especially if you live somewhere that’s getting colder right now.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Our roof makes a lot of noise especially when the temperature changes. I’m used to it now but sometimes it’s pretty loud so I get hubby to check just in case!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do you have radiator heat? Lots of banging with those, I think. Water flowing through them and all. I’d definitely go check it out when it’s happening, too.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My grandmother kept hearing sounds- like someone banging and walking around in her attic.  It was a giant raccoon.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I echo the others. Could be any number of things – most likely pipes, or the fridge. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

lauralaura123 :  I’ve lived in several homes that had knocking, banging and other noises. I spent probably 3 years terrorized as a child because of a noise that sounded EXACTLY like slow footsteps moving throughout the house. When I finally asked about it, turns out it was the HVAC ductwork. My mom showed how when the heat is off, you never hear the noise. When the heat is on, you can hear it and follow along as the warm air travels through the ducts.

It’s WAY more likely to be mechanical than someone living in your attic. And if it IS someone living in the attic, it’s WAY more likely to be a raccoon (squirel, mice, bats) than a human. Like, it’s not a human. Have someone check if you want to be sure, but really, it’s not that. Or a ghost.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

lauralaura123 :  Have you checked stuff out during daylight? Attic, furnace etc. Are you able to pinpoint where the sound is coming from at night? If you suspect an animal may be the cause, try doing the Paranormal Activity thing by laying flour down on the floor and checking next day (esp a day after you’ve heard night noises) for pawprints. 

Can I come sleepover with a sleeping bag and some ghostbustin’ equipment? Part of me is sorry that you have to worry about this, but the other part of me is jealous you live in a cool mysterious house. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

eeniebeans :  Yes, this happened to me years ago.  A raccoon in the attic can make an unbelievable amount of noise in the night.  

Our HVAC system in our current home is super noisy to the point we’re having a tech out to inspect it.  

lauralaura123 :  

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