Why Does My House Make Unusual Popping Sounds?

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Why Does My House Make Unusual Popping Sounds?
Both new and old homes commonly make popping noises. (house image by kruszek from Fotolia.com)

Popping and creaking sounds are common in a house, regardless of its age. Consider a few possible culprits before you start getting spooked.

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Settling

Any structure as large as a house needs time to shift and settle into the ground. If you have recently moved into a newly constructed house, don't be surprised if your house is a little noisy.

Construction

This same principle of settling applies anytime you have repairs or additions done to your house. New roofs can be especially loud.

Insects and Animals

Just because you haven't hired a builder doesn't mean the structure of your house isn't changing. Popping sounds may indicate that termites are damaging the internal wood in your house, causing it to shift. Animals living in the walls, attic or basement of your house may also be the culprit.

Temperature Changes

Temperature changes can cause pipes, siding, floorboards and other building materials to expand and contract. This is why many homeowners hear popping noises at night, when the temperature drops or in the summer when heat and humidity can make wood expand.

Loose Items Outside the House

Ttree branches, wires, loose siding or broken downspouts may creak or bang against the sides of the house, especially during windy weather causing all sorts of seemingly unexplained or mysterious sounds.

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