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When Your House is Making Noise, It's Time to Investigate
Music City's Business Woman's Realtor, Michele Sliwa Discusses Common Household Noises and How to Fix Them
Creaking Stairs and Floors: Wooden floor plans tend to loosen over time. Creaking is caused when two boards rub together or the floor boards rub against a nail. Tightening boards with glue and nails or adding oil between boards will typically solve the problem for a long while.
Scratching In The Walls: Scratching in the walls or the sound of scurrying in the ceiling is an indicator of rodents. When possible, always hire a trained and licensed exterminator;
Knocking In the Walls: Loud knocking coming from the wall is usually a loosely attached water pipe or vibrational pressure from turning a faucet on and off. In either case, call a licensed and qualified plumber.
Running Toilet: If your toilet continues to make a sound long after it has been flushed, the valve may be worn out. Add a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water shows up in the bowl, there is a leak. Replacement valves are inexpensive, easy to find, and simple to replace. In this instance, before calling a plumber, try to replace the valve yourself.
Common household noises can drive home owners crazy with frustration. First locate the noise, then determine the cause, and finally take the necessary steps to fix it. Homeownership can be scary and overwhelming;
About Michele Sliwa: Music City’s Business Woman’s Realtor, Michele Sliwa combines success in the fashion & event planning with her experiences as a property manager to guide anyone through the perplexing maze of home building, selling, and buying. While working closely with builders and designers as her house was being built, it became apparent that Michele had an innate ability to understand complex processes and make smart decisions with ease; her builders and designers strongly suggested she become a realtor. Since then, Michele has perfected the art of real estate interpretation and communication and her clients value her ability to manage and clearly explain all of the moving pieces of the buying, selling, and remodeling process. Michele successfully completed the Masters Business Agent program and is a New Home Specialist. Michele has the uncanny ability to spot trends in the market before many others do; this unique talent gives her and her clients a distinct edge. She is a self-professed foodie and amateur chef. Michele is passionate about art and music and volunteers for the Nashville Symphony and Nolensville Elementary School.