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Old 11-17-2014, 01:14 PM   #1
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We recently purchased a lake house that had been empty for 5 years and not updated since it was built in 1974. Last night I stopped by to check on the heat and heard a hissing noise in the wall. The sound is coming from the bathroom wall and can be heard in the bath, in the kitchen on the opposite side of the wall, in the bath below and even outside the house. Now, let's make this interesting. The bathroom is current gutted and the water lines have been completely removed. Further, the sound continues after the water has been shut off and the pressure drained (be opening a basement faucet).

The area of the house the noise can be found is also the entrance for the water, AC and electrical. And sound almost sounds more like an air leak than water. Further, there are no signs of water anywhere and the bath walls stripped to the studs and the basement bath (directly below) without a ceiling, I would think water would be seen somewhere.

Ideas???
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What other systems are running? If you turn off all power does it stop? If it does turn off individual breakers until you find the one controlling it.
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I didn't check anything else out last night. It was cold and I was confused. I know none of the heaters were running (electric baseboards), and only one light was on. And I specifically shut down the breakers for the AC as it was my first thought. I'll being going down there again this weekend, so any ideas on what to check would be appreciated.
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What if it's a water leak.?
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Sewer lines out and capped?
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The sewer lines are not capped from the vanity connections. The toilet flange just has a rag shoved in it. The sound is louder away from the vanity lines, but I'll check all of them this weekend. Sewer is an option because the wind was very strong when I was there, but I'm not sure it would have carried the sound outside the structure.

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Main vent on the roof can create some resonance I suppose if its windy enough.
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I read a story about a problem like this one time. Womans basement or crawl space was infested with thousands of snakes!
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I read a story about a problem like this one time. Womans basement or crawl space was infested with thousands of snakes!
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Why suggestions, you need to investigate where and what it is.
What is this some kind of research for an article.?
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Sorry ron45. Not knowing what to look for, I thought this might be a good source of suggestions to start my investigation. It's obvious with your posting that I'm wasting your time, and probably that of others as well; and for that I apologize. Please have the moderator remove this thread and I'll delete my membership and look for another source of assistance that is geared toward my level of expertise.
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Sorry ron45. Not knowing what to look for, I thought this might be a good source of suggestions to start my investigation. It's obvious with your posting that I'm wasting your time, and probably that of others as well; and for that I apologize. Please have the moderator remove this thread and I'll delete my membership and look for another source of assistance that is geared toward my level of expertise.
No. Don't let one person ruin it for you. You're thread is appropriate. ron45 clearly didn't read the entire thread, otherwise he would have seen this:

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I'll being going down there again this weekend, so any ideas on what to check would be appreciated.
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Yes, there are many people in this forum that are rather rude. The reason why I left a while ago and just now came back to see if anything had changed. Apparently it hasn't. I'm dealing with the same bull in my own thread. There are a lot of good folks too though with good advice.

Anyways, like previously posted, it could be your sewer vent? Was it a windy day? I'm assuming so because you said it was cold. You also said the bathroom was gutted, was the toilet and sink drain plugged? If not the wind across the vent on your roof could be pulling a vacuum through the drain lines. If the water traps aren't filled with water or completely drained the air flow could be whistling as it passes through the narrow gap? Just a guess. You can try plugging the drains to see if it stops.
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My comment was not rude nor out of line. If you hear a constant hiss in your walls or anywhere in your house, you need find out what is. The problem can be minor and doesn't matter, to dangerous or even fatal.
For instance, what happens when there is a gas leak in a semi confined space and swirling around, then begins to create static electricity.?
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We recently purchased a lake house that had been empty for 5 years and not updated since it was built in 1974. Last night I stopped by to check on the heat and heard a hissing noise in the wall. The sound is coming from the bathroom wall and can be heard in the bath, in the kitchen on the opposite side of the wall, in the bath below and even outside the house. Now, let's make this interesting. The bathroom is current gutted and the water lines have been completely removed. Further, the sound continues after the water has been shut off and the pressure drained (be opening a basement faucet).

The area of the house the noise can be found is also the entrance for the water, AC and electrical. And sound almost sounds more like an air leak than water. Further, there are no signs of water anywhere and the bath walls stripped to the studs and the basement bath (directly below) without a ceiling, I would think water would be seen somewhere.

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I don't think it is water leak like you said. It could be a in your hvac system more then likely.
I owned a home that it would sound like water running i checked the whole pluming system. Could not find a leak any where. Found out before i bought the place the neighbor spliced in to my water line and was using my water. Fixed that problem fast. Good luck finding the problem i would start with any copper coils in your heating and cooling system first.
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