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Loquitor

07:10PM | 02/10/10
Member Since: 02/09/10
1 lifetime posts
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.

BV003094

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)

BV006831

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.

BV013875

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.

BV014099

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.

DL

11:39PM | 10/24/17
Member Since: 10/24/17
1 lifetime posts
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!

BV015419

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,

BV015431

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

BV015691

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

BV015779

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

BV017744

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.

BV018553

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.

BV018553

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

BV018557

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

BV018761

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??

BV018802

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

BV018824

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.

BV018844

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.

BV018881

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.

BV018883

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.

BV018929

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.

BV018938

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.

BV019206

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????!?

BV019216

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.

BV019217

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

BV019388

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!

BV019526

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.

BV019527

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?

BV019544

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!

BV019801

04:16AM | 07/20/19
I just moved into my 1st house..it's a older home...and my wall is buzzing you can feel the vibration... I think it's coming from the meter box ..you 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

BV019810

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!

BV019828

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 ;)

BV020170

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

BV020492

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!!!

BV020514

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.

BV020520

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 .

BV020652

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

BV020744

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!

BV020807

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

BV020824

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.

BV020992

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.

BV020993

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.

BV020994

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.

BV021000

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

BV021332

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

BV021354

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

pf

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.

BV021490

09:54PM | 01/30/20
Anyone find a solution yet? It’s driving me INSANE

BV021532

02:24PM | 02/04/20
sounds like a drilling sound in my wall and it’s loud and water pumps sound similar. But I don't know how to generate this type of vibration..like something happens wrong... please any one found solution for this problem.

BV021556

09:01AM | 02/07/20
We have this same noise, but it is constant. It just started last night. We are new home owners, and never experienced anything like this before. When I press on the wall where the buzzing is coming from, it stops. When I let go, it comes back. It is super loud and obnoxious. And no stopping! Any ideas at all? I can't hear it from anywhere else in my house, and no other walls or rooms are affected.

BV021598

04:47PM | 02/10/20
I’m trying to solve the mystery at our house as well. A loud drilling sound in an outside wall. No sound outside bc I’ve checked. I cannot hear the drilling in any other room bedsides my bedroom. I have recorded the noise and we will make some calls.

BV021631

10:29AM | 02/15/20
Seen these posts and thought I’d share what the issue was at my home. I have a tv arial bolted to the wall. The wind bends it so when the wind drops it twangs. A bit like twanging a giant ruler against your wall.

BV021687

11:27PM | 02/20/20
Let me rescue everyone. It’s most likely your door bell transformer causing the vibrating/elictrical buzzing sound. If the sound is coming from anywhere near it that’s your problem. Kill the power, pop the cover off and disconnect it for replacement. Sound should stop.

BV021738

07:47PM | 02/25/20
I was hearing a noise sounding like a jackhammer or weedwhacker while inside my house, but it seemed like it was coming from outside. I could only hear it on the second floor corner room. It turned out to be a piece siding corner cover/trim/cap (not exactly sure what it's called) that was a little loose and when the wind blew a certain way, it made that disconcerting noise. After pounding it back in, there are no more air pockets, and the problem is solved.

BV021739

08:42PM | 02/25/20
The sound stoped hear my doorbell button was jamed up..and I unfreed it. Buzzing stoped

BV021841

06:25AM | 03/10/20
Ok so I have seen people figuring out what there noise is whether it be a pipe issue or a vent, but the noise I hear is definitely not caused by that. Tonight is the first night i have heard it, I’m in the living room and I hear what sounds like a phone vibrating on a hard surface. I walked to the bedroom and asked my wife if she heard it and she assumed it was my phone, and then it happened again this time louder, and again, so I timed it and the vibration lasted five seconds followed by 55 seconds of silence and then vibration again. I went into the laundry room and the sound grew louder, I soon realized it was coming from out side. I opened the back door and the sound was loud enough that I know the neighbors could hear it but as I got closer to what I thought was the source it stopped about 10 feet away from my back door. I have no idea what it was and the sound was a distinct vibration not a drill not a rattling, but a vibration, if anybody can help me with that please let me know.

BV021842

09:27AM | 03/10/20
I believe I have figured it out! Turns out my problem Was a power line attached to my wall, it had a branch on top of it, causing it to be tight and pull on the lag bolt in the wall. Any time the wind blew it would sway the branches causing the noise off and on for short periods. This was popping/humming/drilling sound that drove me nuts for about a year. Finally figured out the cause, trimmed the limbs and it stopped! Hope it helps and be safe or call a pro when cutting limbs!

Leo Alfie

09:55AM | 03/10/20
Member Since: 03/03/20
33 lifetime posts
Thats weird...
Has anyone figured this out?

Leo Alfie

09:55AM | 03/10/20
Member Since: 03/03/20
33 lifetime posts
Thats weird...
Has anyone figured this out?

BV022015

05:12PM | 04/01/20
So I am deathly afraid of flying bugs, that being said I had 2 wasps come in through my fireplace yesterday and so I duct tapped that bitch closed so no more can get into my house. Since this has happened I have heard a loud buzzing, life a cell phone on a hard surface, every so many minutes. Sometimes it is super loud, sometimes a low buzz or hum. I just can't believe that wasps could make that loud of a noise, its like it is amplified. I unplugged the TV and echo dot and the vibration still happened. So is this electrical or super killer wasps

BV022015

10:40AM | 04/02/20
Update on my post from yesterday. I think the wasp nest in my fireplace is just a coincidence. I have been watching the trees for wind to see if the sound and the breeze coincide with one another and so far they do. From reading some other posts I hoping that it is a cable wire loose but won't know until I get rid of the nest. Hope this is helpful

BV022023

02:18PM | 04/02/20
Dear everyone bare with me please. I have had more than just vibrations. I thought i was going g.d. insane for a bit because i was hearing things all through my house... Sometimes words sometimes vibrations and tones... Then id start to hear mario bros noises and ninja turtle noises from my pipes thats how i knew i must be crazy. Then it stopped for a time and came back. Something else was usually when a car drove by but sometimes when one didnt id hear a boom... Then sounded like people walking around middle of the night...

Anyways after piecing it all together one day when i kept hearing coalescing scales and their interference with each other and at some point on day 2 i matched the intense build up as the frequency got really high, to storm water draining into our pit and then out the sump pump.


BV022023

02:19PM | 04/02/20
Pt2
Now here is my speculation, about 2 years ago mit tested a proof of concept that used rf to scan the surface of waves for ultrasound vibrations. The spectrum of rf they used? I forget the exact but i believe it was 10ghz which while i believe that one is reserved it falls in the range of 5g of which are going up everywhere.. N we are made mostly of water so this isnt a far stretch. The guy who said aliens is probably the most accurate lol... Especially all thats going on too

Please let me know if this makes sense to everyone and if it helps
-nw

BV022026

04:53PM | 04/02/20
Bees. I had a hive inside the vent on the roof. The vent was not covered. Once we sprayed bee killer and snaked the vent and covered it, we have been hearing the noise. Now we need to go back up and assess the bees and hive. Good Luck!

BV022044

04:32AM | 04/04/20
I googled and wound up here. Awakened by 1-2 second buzz from an electrical outlet that nothing was plugged into. It happened 3 times within a minute. Could be a loose wire?

BV022059

08:10AM | 04/05/20
I woke up to a loud vibration, two beats to be exact. It sounded like a cell phone vibrating on the table next to my head. Every 5 minutes, it would go off again. It was terrifying! I shit off the breaker box, and it was still happening. I isolated it to a corner of my living room. After going absolutely insane for two hours hearing it vibrate my walls, I found that it was a Bluetooth speaker that I had left on. It must have been dying and warning me to charge it. It was sitting on a metal table in my living room causing the whole house to shake. Scared the crap out of me but I can sleep again so be sure to check external devices.

BV022060

08:37AM | 04/05/20
Drilling noise, lasts only 2 seconds or so but repeats. Happened to us twice now, and both times it was a damn woodpecker.


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