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07:10PM | 02/10/10
Member Since: 02/09/10
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Hi. I'm in a quandary. For the past few months I hear, at intervals, a loud buzzing or vibrating from the outside wall. The noise lasts only a few seconds, but it is loud. Today it is happening repeatedly.

We are in the throws of a serious snow storm this week, which makes me even more nervous about this situation because if it's electrical, this would be the worst time to risk a fire.

Thanks for your help.


02:59AM | 01/23/14
Thats weird, this happens to me, its like a pulsing vibration outside that makes the walls vibrate a little but is loud. It lasts usually about 20 minutes in total but the pulses last a few seconds.
I dont know what it can be (I live in south florida btw so I cant give you an opinion on the snow thing)


10:44AM | 01/26/15
We are having the same issue! It started last night at 1am. we have an old home with many ungrounded outlets. I admit one outlet is overused and it is on that wall, right next to our bed that this vibration continues to occur. It kept us up all night. At shakes the windows and wall and sounds very mechanical. It lasts for maybe one second or two and seems to happen in a cluster and will go on for 10 or 15 minutes. Then it seems to quiet down but it comes back, soft at first then back to the heavy vibration.

There are no water pipes in this wall that I know of. It is by a street and hospital but is not being caused by cars or trucks driving by, I am sure of that. I have no appliances in the attic above or the living room below. It is not a living creature, definitely a mechanical type of pattern.

When I first heard the noise I searched through the house and while looking my furnace clicked on and my fridge clicked on. I mention that because the noise was happening while both of those appliances were off, and neither of them are creating the vibrations.

It is very cold and we just had a blast of snow and more to come. I have a wife and one-year old and am worried about a fire. We are having a new electrical panel put in within the next week or two, weather-depending, along with new grounding but this vibration just started happening and we already have the work scheduled.

I can only believe it is electrical at this point because there are only wires in the wall where the vibrations are occurring. Someone suggested turning off the power at the main switch and seeing if the noise stops. We will do that tonight to confirm if it is electrical. I read somewhere it can be an electrical arc within the walls, so I am praying our house does not burn down. I have unplugged EVERYTHING from the outlet on the wall which has vibrations, but that did not stop the problem.

Anyone who has a solid solution to this or knows what we should do, please help. THANK YOU FOR HELPING!

If we do get it resolved, I will post our resolution for those of you having the a similar problem.


07:56AM | 05/12/17
Did you ever find out what was wrong?? I am having the same problem. I think. Its a loud buzzing sound that has been coming from my wall. It only lasts a few seconds but this is the second day that is has woken me up from my sleep! At first I thought it was my tv or maybe the power strip that I have my tv plugged into. I honestly have no clue. I tried googling it (which brought me here :P) and yours in the only one that sounds similar to my problem.


09:02PM | 06/15/17
Somewhere in my walls or ceiling, there is a loud buzzing sound that lasts only one or two seconds. I thought it was a loud, raspy doorbell, but my doorbell sounds very pleasant. It happens rarely--twice last year, once yesterday, and once just now.

I am very familiar with electrical sounds. This is too loud and too rare to be a transformer hum. Possibly relevant: It has been raining heavily here in Florida. I wonder if it is some sort of mositure warning buzzer installed in the 1980s.


11:39PM | 10/24/17
Member Since: 10/24/17
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Has anyone figured out what is causing a loud, intermittent buzzing noise that lasts for a couple seconds coming from the wall?

I've lived in my condo in south Florida for about three years and just rencently started hearing this relentless noise at all hours of the day and night.

PLEASE reply if you have solved this mystery.

Thank you!


07:21PM | 01/05/18
I am having the same sound. I First noticed it last winter but only once or twice. Attributed to the wind and didn’t think about it. This winter I first heard it one morning and it seemed to be coming from a corner. This is an outside wall over a crawl space . This area used to be an outside wall. However the corner where the sound is coming from is not an ouside corner. We are having a frigid could spell (very windy) . The noise is now very frequent and loud. A buzzing , almost like a drilling sound. On an off then nothing for awhile. Then it starts again.
Again it is an outside wall with a hot water baseboard water running the length of the wall. There is one outlet in the center of that wall.. this sound has only been heard in the winter when the heat would be on. Today as I said the noise is pretty frequent and the heat has been on constantly. Help,


12:20AM | 01/07/18
Yeah it’s a loud buzzing and grinding sound inside of an outside wall and comes and goes every 5 mins or so I’m having the same exact issue smh it’s very annoying I will figure this issue out ASAP and let u know


09:00PM | 02/10/18
Anybody figure out thier noises?
We have this happening on an outside corner lower level wall.


01:33AM | 02/23/18
I just hearing the same sound. I've heard it before as it might be a boring carpenter bee.


02:43PM | 10/20/18
I'm having the same issue and I've been told to have an electrician check the circuit box for loose connections and to check outlets ibn the room for bad or lose connections. Let me know if anyone else has tried this and I'll let you know if it helps here.


08:38AM | 01/31/19
Has anyone figured this out?? I too hear the intermittent buzzing sound from lower level wall. Its also a polar vortex right now with lots of freezing temps and snow.


08:39AM | 01/31/19
Where is Bob Villa when you need him?


04:26PM | 01/31/19
Same here--it started in the basement yesterday, and has made its way to main floor. Way below freezing here...this is happening on an east outside facing wall


11:28AM | 02/25/19
This is also happening to us. We live in Michigan, and it is extremely cold and very windy. The sound definitely tends to happen during windy winter nights, and it's extremely obnoxious. Sound is similar to a dull drilling sound for 2-3 seconds at a time, and then stops. Seems sporadic. We live a couple miles from a highway, and I originally attributed it to highway rumble strips that semi trucks hit when it is windy, but the sound can not be heard from the outside...only from the inside.

The sound is coming from the inside wall of our bedroom, which is a west-facing wall facing the front yard. Any recommendations??


04:35PM | 03/02/19
Also got this noise. It’s very windy and wet outside.


04:59AM | 03/05/19
Has anyone figured this out? It’s about 12 degrees F here. This is the first time ever hearing this noise and I’ve lived in this house for a long time. Small drilling noise on outer corner wall/ceiling. There’s no electrical, heating, or piping right there. I’m on opposite end of house from furnace and hot water heater and electrical panel. I’m so curious as to what’s causing it. Seems like most of us have frigid cold weather and snow in common. This site is the only one I’ve found that has others hearing the same thing.


09:43PM | 03/07/19
Seems as if no one has an answer
I live in a boat in FL and a week ago the intermittent buzzing started. It's somewhere in the hull between the hull and the walls. We've turned off all the power and the sound still continues. Nothing electrical to account for it. I'm trying to find out if certain insects do this so we might figure out how to get rid of it. It's keeping me up at night.


05:21PM | 03/14/19
This has happened in our home 3 times in the past month. Every time it is windy outside. The buzzing/drilling sound happens 2-4 times only a couple seconds each time then stops. Sounds like it is coming from upper wall/ceiling. Indianapolis, IN someone figure this out! I’ll check back.


10:19PM | 03/14/19
Could be the gutters or downspout on the outside of the house vibrating in the wind. It sounds like a drill going off and on inside or in the walls/ceiling.


06:50PM | 03/20/19
We had a buzzing sound in the winter that turned out to be the electric meter. Every winter when it would be 20deg or below the meter would hum. It would get louder as more power was being used. The power company installed a smart meter last year and the sound is gone. Another source could be a sump pump. Ours runs quite a bit and can be loud when the house is quiet.


12:38PM | 03/22/19
Check outside to see if your gas meter is making the noise. I had the exact same noise happening in my house and I went outside and it was my gas meter making the noise. It needed a new regulator.


06:49AM | 05/02/19
Me and my siblings herd a buzzing sound while during a bad storm with a loud bang on the windows, power also went out, idk what it was but it scared
us do u know what this would have been????!?


09:04PM | 05/02/19
Hello!! I am not sure if I am experiencing the same noise as you, but I found a solution to a certain noise problem I have been facing. Inside my room, there was a constant low pitched buzzing noise that would go off and on for hours. This noise seemed to be coming from my ceiling or wall. I discovered that this noise was my vent rattling! My vent had been halfway closed, so the air pushing through it was making it rattle. Now I have it all the way open and the noise is gone!

I hope this helps even a little.


11:25PM | 05/02/19
I just started hearing that kind of noise under my mobile home tonight in a couple of spots. Went out and couldn't see anything outside the house and can't really see behind the faux brick skirting. We just had a rain storm here in florida. This noise is freaking me out. I'm a worrier and my mind always goes wild. What the heck could it be?..… Lisa


03:05PM | 05/26/19
I'm getting the sound as well. Located in TN, warm weather, not storming or anything, so I don't think the weather has anything to do with it.

I'm fairly certain it is electrical noise to some degree.... It sounds like it's coming from the top corner of my wall in my bedroom. If I go outside this same spot is where the power lines are connected to my house.

I've googled all over the net and don't think this is "corona discharge". The noise is not constant like a "humming" power line, it is random and it comes and goes with no pattern whatsoever. Going to call my local electric company this week and see if they can help!


01:38PM | 06/14/19
It's called an UVO, unidentified Vibrating Object. There is a secret government investigation and cover up that has been going on for over 40 years. If you ask them about it they will deny any knowledge of the buzzing sound and any investigation. My secret government contact has been telling me about this for years. Apparantly aliens are using our structures to observe us and send and receive signals. Any sound that is made, such as a voice, makes an object vibrate, so by "listening" to a structure they can hear every word you say and even produce an image from the data. The buzzing sound you hear is the transmission of the data being sent and received.


02:36PM | 06/14/19
I had my house sided 11 years ago. Now the white paint on the trim on the peaks of the roof is sliding off, a piece at a time. The contractor said it is PVC and that what i does after time. is this true?


02:54PM | 06/16/19
I'm been having the same buzzing noise that also seems to be coming from the upper area of my bedroom wall which shares a side with my 3rd floor apartment balcony. I thought it could be wasps nesting inside the wall but i dont see any coming in or out from the outside balcony.
Idk if the person above is trolling but UVO sounds pretty scary!


04:16AM | 07/20/19
I just moved into my 1st's a older home...and my wall is buzzing you can feel the vibration... I think it's coming from the meter box go outside and touch the side of the house and nothing else is vibrating but the meter box and my wall up stairs on the second floor


02:36AM | 07/21/19
now i have a similar problem. think it is related to the water line. only happens when no water is being used. no leaks in the system. asked 3 plumbers, checked on line, spoke to all the neighbours and the village water folks. NO ONE has any idea! Frustrating for sure!


01:47AM | 07/23/19
What the heck is going on with this weird drill-in-the-wall noise?? It happened to us today two. Twice, early in the morning, on an outside brick wall of the home in the corner - it was so quick it was difficult to say exactly where it was coming from. Some sort of trapped bionic insect sound...strong buzz but only for a second. Weather is hot, no meters there, no windy day. It's a (disturbing) mystery. Hope everyone solves their UVO ;)


09:48PM | 08/25/19
Same freaking noise ! So annoying ? Should I call electrician? Just googled and I guess a lot of people have similar problem


06:29AM | 10/01/19
Damn I've scrolled thru all the comments and nothing yet?? Facing the same issue that started yesterday around 330am. I'm in California where it's getting chiller but definitely not even close to the ones mentioned above. Please don't say I'm the next UVO target!!!


12:10AM | 10/03/19
Ok for the last few months ive tried to rule it out. Ive turned off the hvac and the water heater and unplugged everything. Literally. Ive checked all the meters. Its an outside wall front yard quiet residential street no plumbing or outlets on that side / wall of the house. 1960s one story cinderblock home, it started rattling the bedside table of the opposite INTERIOR wall down the middle of the house, which happens to be near an obvious "ridge" in the floor down the middle of the house (floor beam). Recently i saw a groundhog go under my house so im wondering if im living over the makings of a sinkhole. Im in michigan, we had a major sewer failure cause a sinkhole a few miles away recently. Stresssss.... Somebody please figure it out. Ready to buy a seismograph - or move.


12:19AM | 10/04/19
I'm in california and I have the same noises It drives me crazy . But it seems to move around my mobile home . Especially when I spray bug killer . Been going on 3-4 months now some days worse than others .


02:34AM | 10/23/19
We noticed a vibrating noise every 2 minutes, and it lasted 2 seconds each time. We heard it all over the house. We started unplugging everything trying to figure out the noise. Turns out it was our neighbors hot tub making the noise. Funny thing is, we have a nice patch of woods and about half a mile to three-fourths of a mile distance between us. It literally took us a few hours of tracking the noise, to figure it out. We worried about electrical problems, fire, etc... turns out, we worried for nothing


03:34AM | 11/01/19
I'm having the same obnoxious loud buzzing, vibrating, drilling noise. It's 3:30 am and its been going on for hours! Random pattern only lasting a couple seconds. I live in a corner townhouse, the noise is coming from the 2nd floor bathroom outside wall. It is not cold but a very windy night. It sounds like something is loose outside like a shingle or gutter that's maybe blowing in the wind but I can only hear the noise from the inside. I'm so confused! Someone help if you can!


01:46AM | 11/09/19
Had the same problem, turns out it was the sump pump


11:10AM | 11/10/19
I just had a similar circumstance in my house that, after a thorough investigation, turned out to be the crawl space dehumidifier. It suddenly started making a buzzing/rattling sound lasting one second every 1 to 5 minutes. It seemed to correspond with the temperature dropping, which made me incorrectly attribute the noise to the furnace. I learned after some research that dehumidifiers shouldn’t be run in the winter. The noise may have been a symptom of coils freezing. This one is also past its typical lifespan.


10:12AM | 11/29/19
Finally found cause for me, hope this helps others. For starters, I’m in NM, so no gutters, but downspouts. It snowed on Thanksgiving, but I’m better in cold so I hadn’t turned the heat on yet (still decent 63* inside)...but after turning on the heat and running the bathtub for a few mins...nothing helped. I put my ear to my wall and the sound was the same strength no matter where I listened (on that wall). Yet outside I couldn’t hear banging.

The culprit? My downspout was steadily dripping on some lawns chairs, which were leaning against that wall. Move the chairs out from under the water, went back in...and then noise was gone. Too bad it took 1.5 hrs to solve and now my sleep is ruined for today. Hope it helps.

Tldr; snow melt was running off roof, onto an object up against the outside wall, causing minute but constant vibrations...relocated said objects and the noise stopped.


10:12AM | 11/29/19
Finally found cause for me, hope this helps others. For starters, I’m in NM, so no gutters, but downspouts. It snowed on Thanksgiving, but I’m better in cold so I hadn’t turned the heat on yet (still decent 63* inside)...but after turning on the heat and running the bathtub for a few mins...nothing helped. I put my ear to my wall and the sound was the same strength no matter where I listened (on that wall). Yet outside I couldn’t hear banging.

The culprit? My downspout was steadily dripping on some lawns chairs, which were leaning against that wall. Move the chairs out from under the water, went back in...and then noise was gone. Too bad it took 1.5 hrs to solve and now my sleep is ruined for today. Hope it helps.

Tldr; snow melt was running off roof, onto an object up against the outside wall, causing minute but constant vibrations...relocated said objects and the noise stopped.


10:24AM | 11/29/19
I found the solution for my issue,so sharing for others.

Context: NM w/Thanksgiving snow, but honestly not cold enough yet that I needed the heat on yet (tho I turned it on in fear it was my pipes about to burst, as well as running various water lines for awhile to no avail). I put my ear to the wall and checked various spots...the noise was about the same no matter where (on that wall, didn't exist on adjacent walls, my first clue) I checked; yet outside I couldn't hear it (near major roads so some traffic noise made that difficult). Turns out, it was snow melt running off my flat roof (no gutters, so downspouts drop the water ~20' below) directly onto a pair of lawn chairs, which were leaning against that outer wall. That constant flow of water/vibration effected only that wall (and my bed/sleep). Moving the chairs out from under the flow of water fixed my issue.

TLDR: check if anything is under a flow of water (or wind) and vibrating against the house; if so, move them and see if the issue resolves itself.


04:29AM | 11/30/19
I can solve all problems. It's called water hammer....your pipes or pipe is vibrating....turn your main water line off coming into your house and drain all faucets,toilets and showers. Then turn water back and a few minutes and Wala....Tucson Tyler


02:43AM | 01/12/20
Yeah I have just experienced this.. I’m not sure if it’s like anyone else’s problems but it sounds like a drilling sound in my wall and it’s loud and rarely happens but it’s scary. Ugh someone figure this out


12:51PM | 01/14/20
Its Termites


06:23AM | 01/17/20
Member Since: 01/17/20
1 lifetime posts
I have this loud humming/vibration coming what I thought was the back wall of my bedroom, it will make this noise sometimes for hours. I live in Michigan and only hear the noise when it is cold out. My son thought it might be from the heat tape on my outside faucet but when we unplug it there is still the noise. He was trying to locate the area where the noise is coming from and it is in the ceiling. You an put your hand on the ceiling and feel the vibration in the drywall. I turned off the breaker to the back bedroom and the humming stopped so it is definitely electrical. Checked the wiring for the ceiling exhaust fan in the bathroom as you can feel the vibration in the bathroom adjoined to the bedroom also. Did I mention this noise only happens during the winter and has been going on for years. Very annoying.

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