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I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......

 
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Might be hvac related. Does it happen when heat / ac turns on/off?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Does it happen when you run water down the drains?

I ask because in my mansion, yes, mansion...lol when I run water in the kitchen and my bathroom, I get serious tapping sounds from the drain lines about four to six feet from the sinks.

Strange it is...... Even my plumber is like wtf
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That's from expansion where there is a hole drilled and the pipe goes through. The pipe expands and get that sound. I've been in the trade all my life.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Check to make sure your toilet is bolted down to the floor. Could be a loosened wax ring seal
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
we have very hard water & when my water heater needs to be flushed it makes suctiony/groaning/clunking noises.
also
could be that the pressure release on the water heater is sticking and you hear pops when the pressure pops through
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
no clue.

one-story or two-story house? if 2 stories, it could be something in between the floors.

how often do you hear it?

when you hear it, does it repeat itself?



I had a strange sound in the house, almost like a sobbing, moaning sound from the bathroom. I heard it clearly. one story house. around 4 am. A ghost in the toilet??

When I went to get the newspaper hours later, I saw we had a colossal water main break! Water all over the road, fast-moving.

another night weeks later - same sound, and this time I looked outside. Water main break.

Got so I called the water company emergency number any time I heard the moaning toilet sound. They thought I was insane until they checked - water main break right in my neighborhood.

and then they cited me for messing with my water meter!

AS IT TURNS OUT, every time there was a water main break in the neighborhood, my pipes had the water sucked out, causing the "moaning" sound.
It also caused my water meter to spin backwards, making me have a ridiculously low water usage.

Well all was solved. They realized I had not tampered with the water meter.
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At least the water went out. No ghost. You did ok. :)

It is a one story house. I hear it randomly when I go to sleep, maybe a couple of times in a half hour. It doesn't repeat regularly. But I do hear it almost every time I go into the room.

Maybe this will help, it is an inexpensive house, cheaply built. Ya, I bought it anyway.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Miss you, Waterbug!hi

You might well know.
you didn't write that post, someone else did it for you!
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Check to make sure your toilet is bolted down to the floor. Could be a loosened wax ring seal
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When's the last time you changed out your toilet's wax seal ring?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Do you have any cases of empty canning jars in your house? I have some that make that weird sealing sound with temperature fluctuation.
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01/03/2015 05:42 PM
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Ya, me too, going deaf, for all I know it could be happening in other rooms that I don't go into.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Take a plunger and start pumping your toilet. If water starts seeping out along the base of the toilet and you hear bubbles, you need to take your toilet apart. Fun
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
no clue.

one-story or two-story house? if 2 stories, it could be something in between the floors.

how often do you hear it?

when you hear it, does it repeat itself?



I had a strange sound in the house, almost like a sobbing, moaning sound from the bathroom. I heard it clearly. one story house. around 4 am. A ghost in the toilet??

When I went to get the newspaper hours later, I saw we had a colossal water main break! Water all over the road, fast-moving.

another night weeks later - same sound, and this time I looked outside. Water main break.

Got so I called the water company emergency number any time I heard the moaning toilet sound. They thought I was insane until they checked - water main break right in my neighborhood.

and then they cited me for messing with my water meter!

AS IT TURNS OUT, every time there was a water main break in the neighborhood, my pipes had the water sucked out, causing the "moaning" sound.
It also caused my water meter to spin backwards, making me have a ridiculously low water usage.

Well all was solved. They realized I had not tampered with the water meter.
 Quoting: beeches


At least the water went out. No ghost. You did ok. :)

It is a one story house. I hear it randomly when I go to sleep, maybe a couple of times in a half hour. It doesn't repeat regularly. But I do hear it almost every time I go into the room.

Maybe this will help, it is an inexpensive house, cheaply built. Ya, I bought it anyway.
 Quoting: WindyMind


not heating/cooling related, probably, if you hear it so much. And you would recognize heating-related sounds.

You did well not to overspend!

I wonder if your neighbors have similar sounds and would recognize it.
you didn't write that post, someone else did it for you!
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Look up. Someone is crawling on your ceiling.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
lived in this house once for like 12 years. right beneath our bedroom window at exactly every 58 minutes, this beep would go off, like the old casio watches. we did everything to try and find that friggin beep including opening up the wall. never found it. it almost drove us buggy. 12 years, a mysterious beep every 58 minutes, no clue where it came from.

i don't have a clue about your suction cup noise but all i can say is i hope you find the answer :)

otherwise, this might help...

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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Here are my ideas, something to do with the new roof (and I am not hearing in the right direction).

The house is sinking from all the rain.

The new heated cat pad is weird.

Leaves stuck on the windows coming off of them.

I have no idea.
 Quoting: WindyMind


I had a similar "suction cup" sound in my house and it baffled me for a couple months because it was so infrequent.

As it turned out it was the refrigerator, where some metal panel buried in it's walls was flexing whenever the refrigerator went through a temperature cycle.

In your case, it could also be some metal object either in your heating system or directly near the heating system that is going through a heat distortion and making that sound as the temperature fluctuates.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9139317


I thought it was the plastic cat door that I had barricaded with a trunk. So, a couple days ago I pulled the trunk away from it a little and I still had the sound.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Might be hvac related. Does it happen when heat / ac turns on/off?
 Quoting: Thetruthmonger


Not really. It's pretty random but it seems to be more often now.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Do you have a cat or cats?

Maybe one hacking up a hair ball?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Is this a constant noise ore a once in a while thing?

Acoustics can be funny things. The noise could be originating from the attic but sound like it's coming from the walls or even the floor.

Interesting...
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Is your significant other scaling the house, dressed as spider man?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
hidingcall and report could be pressure in a pipe or leak hitting something metal , good luck
 Quoting: Goofy for God


The pipes are high and the sound is low. But the pipes are where those roofers marched around in the attic.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Is your significant other scaling the house, dressed as spider man?
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tgmlolkitty
"Every new child born brings the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." - Tagore
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If you must resort to violence, then you've already lost.



John Conner - Rising Sun
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Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Psst....I love charcoal.
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I am a born, raised and current die hard Texan!

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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Is this a constant noise ore a once in a while thing?

Acoustics can be funny things. The noise could be originating from the attic but sound like it's coming from the walls or even the floor.

Interesting...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 66609665


Maybe some insane man with an axe in your attic making that suction noise with his finger in his mouth while he sharpens his axe
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Did you get a Samsung Galaxy recently?
The default "incoming text" sound is exactly that.
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Does it happen when you run water down the drains?

I ask because in my mansion, yes, mansion...lol when I run water in the kitchen and my bathroom, I get serious tapping sounds from the drain lines about four to six feet from the sinks.

Strange it is...... Even my plumber is like wtf
 Quoting: CHL2T


I have the tapping when I use the kitchen sink. I don't like it. Why? Why?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Is the AC Air Handler in a closet on the second floor? If so, you must install a p trap on the drain line, otherwise when the Air Handler turns on, the air is being sucked in through the drain line not allowing the water to flow properly. So one would hear a suction sound in the drain line that most likely has a bit of water in it. That is my thought!(I know from personal experience) Good Luck!!
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Same thing happens in the stairwell at work... Hmmmm
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
I love noises. Since I'm going deaf any noises are awesome!
 Quoting: Chip


So let me ask you then..

At those "schools for the deaf"...does everyone miss the next class when the bells go off?
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Did you get a Samsung Galaxy recently?
The default "incoming text" sound is exactly that.
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I think I have heard that! It is a weird sound.
you didn't write that post, someone else did it for you!
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
Sink hole collapse imminent!

Move your tomato plants lest they fall into the giant hole of DOOM!

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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
most likely one of those little dwarf things, they kinda ugly and move crazy fast
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Re: I have a mystery suction cup noise in my house, I can't figure out what it is. Guesses are welcome......
I hear it mostly in one of the bedrooms. It seems to be low (a foot or 2 from the floor). I heard it once in the kitchen also.

I am kinda worried that something is wrong and I don't know what to look for.

I do have a new roof but if it is the shingles why do I hear the sound so low?


I can't imagine what it is. I hate to ignore it, in case it's important.




 Quoting: WindyMind


Sounds like a dripping noise. Is it easy to hear outside noises through your windows? Most noises are caused from expansion and contraction of water pipes or forced air heating ducts beginning or during and right after operation. Such as domestic hot water line being used or a gas furnace firing up. I have also heard that sound from an empty pop can.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 40657297


It's not easy to hear anything outside my windows, the a/c and furnace are new and I am used to them and I don't like it much but the pipes are in the attic mostly.