10:51PM | 12/26/06
Member Since: 12/26/06
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Help! I'm trying to bring my mom's home up to code. It's tough to sleep in a noisy house. My mom kept the TV loud 24/7, so I never noticed the buz before. Now I hear this low buzzing sound in every room and can't figure out how to turn it off or where it is coming from. It sounds like it's electrical. Thought about turning off the power to see if that'll solve the problem. But what to do if it is? Can't bring the house up to code or live in it with no electricity, can I? This is no joke, who do I call for noises off in Asbury Park?


07:04AM | 12/27/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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I have no idea of what the problem with the noise has to do with "code".

First of all, in general, a house only has to meet those codes that existed at the time when the house was build or particular parts where replaced or upgraded. It is called grandfathered in.

And even in those few area that some places do require upgraded they often will allow reduced standards. Smoke detectors are one common area. New contruction would requied hard wired, interconnected alarms. But for older homes you an legally install individual battery operated ones.

Many items would be very expesive, if not impposible, to update to current construction codes. These include things like footer size and size of roof rafters.

Now for the noise you have to identify the source FIRST.

Electrical wiring, in a house, won't make that kind of noise. Some electrical operated equipment can make noise if it is defective or not installed properly.

The first thing would be to pull the mains and see if the noise goes a way.

If so then turn the main back on and then turn breakers off one by one until you find the one controlling that noise. Then identify what is on it.


02:24AM | 12/28/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
my father in laws place makes a horrible noise when the pump is running. Does your mother have a well or sump?

that would hum. or you have wasps, hee hee, (i hope not)


05:19AM | 12/28/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Interesting. Definitely do what Bill suggests (turn off power) and listen....

...but what I want to add is that some people just (get this!) hear buzzing! My wife is one of those--that when it's real quiet, she hears what sounds like a diesel engine in the distance (no one else can hear it)....

...But such sounds are widely reported, on the internet and elsewhere. There are widespread reports, ranging from the simple... to the military... to the paranormal, but they are largely unexplained.

Good luck; hopefully you'll have an easy answer and an easy fix! But I agree, bringing house "up to code" is not likely to provide an answer.

Hmmmm, Asbury Park....I seem to recall a Frank Sinatra song that mentioned that place, LOL!


-k2 in CO

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07:56PM | 01/06/07
Member Since: 12/26/06
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Thanks Guys, Did what you said, turned off the power and found the noise was still buzzing this constant humm... but from the outside. This low grade transmission is so loud it is disturbing my sleep. Don't know how my neighbors can stand this 24/7 cut of a thousand water drops. It's tourcher to say the least. Or why I'm the only one complaining. Especially with the high property taxes in this area, there ought to be a law against disturbing the peace. So who do I call now since the noise is not in the house, but originating from the outside and it's not crickets, I sprayed the lawn all around the house just in case. Shangazi


01:35AM | 01/07/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
Two common things that I can think of transform and PRV.

The transformer will be a power pole with in about 1-4 poles of your house. Or it will be metal box set of a pad if you have underground wiring.

I have heard of one case where a city (water utility) had a pressure reducer valve (PRV) mounted in a manhole in the street. It was make a noise that was transfered through the pipes and ground.

I am assuming that there is no commercial or industrial operations within 3 blocks or so to your house.

Start walking the neighborhood and listen.


10:33AM | 01/07/07
Member Since: 12/26/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Bill:

3 blocks away; train tracks, grocery store, school and a whole host of small biz, but no commercil any closer, only residential all around on quarter acres or less.

I'll call both the electric and water companies tomorrow even the train station if that'll help solve the problem.

Thanks again and I'll keep you posted

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