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Is your house haunted?

A sudden draft curls around your feet, the lights flicker eerily, and a then something or someone begins knocking on your walls … from the inside!!! You shudder, horrified, wondering if your house is haunted by some unearthly being? And then you realize the truth –your house isn’t haunted, it’s just in need of some repair.

Don’t worry about the things that go bump in the night. Here’s what’s actually going on in your house.

A Sudden Draft

Is it a ghost? Nope; but your spiking home energy bills might give you a scare. When your home is cold and drafty in spots, there are a few things that could be to blame.  Check around your windows and doors, electrical outlets and light fixtures. These are some of the most common spots to find air leaks in your home. You may also want to have someone check your attic, because it can also be a major source of air leaks.

Groaning Behind the Walls

Have you been hearing something knocking behind your walls throughout the night? Don’t worry, it isn’t your home’s dirty little secrets coming back to haunt you. Probably just dirty burners or a bad valve in your gas furnace. Nonstop knocking behind the walls is typically a sign that your furnace is in need of repair. To have it fixed, speak to your local HVAC professional.

Flickering Lights

We’ve all seen those horror films, where the lights in a home flicker and then suddenly some specter or terrible villain appears. However, what does it mean when flickering lights occur in real life? Are you in trouble, like those poor, doomed characters in some of our favourite Halloween movies? Actually, the answer is maybe!

Flickering lights can be a normal occurrence in the home, but they can also indicate a more dangerous problem. If you’ve been noticing more frequent flickering than normal, or if it is accompanied by a buzzing or cracking sound, please contact a local electrician, and have them come in for a service call.  In some instances, flickering lights can be caused by loose wiring –which can cause house fires.

Excessive Cobwebs

Cobwebs are nature’s Halloween décor, right? But what happens when trick or treat season comes to an end, and the cobwebs keep coming back? It could mean that you have spider infestation. Don’t allow your home to be overtaken by a massive case of arachnophobia! There are plenty of ways to not only get rid of spiders, but also to keep them from coming back.

Seal off any cracks in the home and check your house for excess moisture. You should also get rid of any cardboard boxes in the basement or other parts of your home, since many types of spiders find them appealing.

If you’re having a hard time getting rid of the spiders on your home, be sure to contact a local pest control specialist.

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