Home Low-Frequency Hum – House Is Literally Humming

The issue of home low frequency hum is discussed on several blogs. I did some searches om Home Hum Noise

RE: House is humming, literally

* Posted by kevin2009 (My Page) on
Fri, May 1, 09 at 18:22

Have had exactly the same problem.
Problem so bad its been giving neighbours headaches-sleep pattern deprivation etc etc.
A low resonant humming getting stronger at night etc etc.
Not caused by traffic,electricity etc.
Humming caused by water pipe vibrations causing all sorts of low frequency bass like wooing noises.
Have found the problem tonight – pressure variance in water mains pressures.Too much pressure causes pipes to hum.
Possible causes – pumping station pressures too high – pressure reducing valves malfunctioning – mains pipes causing transient noise due to a “Dead end” section of the mains pipe.

Symptoms that can be checked – when the hum is at its loudest turn one of your taps on – the hum may reduce if the pressure lessens in the mains supplying the house – have you noticed any high flow/pressure rates from your taps?
Not certain but a loss of water pressure may have similar properties also.

If in doubt get your water utility company to do a flow/pressure check on the mains /in your house etc.

The turning tap on trick will only work if its sufficient to
reduce the mains pressure – if not try to get neighbours etc to turn theirs on at the same time etc.

I live in england in wales in Newport.
I will now update my posts when the utility company is made aware of the cause of my problem and tells me how they are going to fix it.

This is a problem with humming that for me has been caused by mains water supply pressure problem – not necessarily your problem.Simply turning the stop cock to your house off is not enough – the problems still there because the pipes are still singing to the pressure problem.

Hope this helps somebody.

RE: House is humming, literally

* Posted by peachiepie (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 17:31

Wow, I do not believe that so many people has the problem I have been having for three years. I am amazed when someone suggests tinnitus. I have explained I hear humming, not ringing. It is a sound and not a noise. Mine sounds like a low hum of a refrigerator or a motor lowly idling.

I have had plumber, water, gas, power, and anybody else you can imagine here in my house in Georgia. This is a 1970s house and the hum began about two weeks after having a new water heater installed. The pressure was too high and the plumber came in and corrected it. Two weeks later, the hum began.

I don’t get a complete night’s sleep at all. What little sleep I get comes from le4aving the tv on late and then turning the radio on. Now, I can run the attic fan all night so I don’t have to hear it.

Some people have heard it and others haven’t. I stopped mentioning it for fear people thought I was losing my great mind-lol. People still ask me time to time if I still hear it. I tell them yes. When the power is out, it’s just me and the hum. Drives me nuts. It is 24/7, never stops and in every room of my house. You can’t escape it.

I had a client in my office and he asked, “what is that”. I said, oh you hear that. He said yes, what is it. I said, I wish I knew.

There are a couple of things here that’s given me some hope. I will try the water trick, though I believe my plumber did all of thesse things. I will have the telephone company come out to check the lines. Everything else, I believe I have done.

Good luck to all of us living with this in all areas of the country.


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