What is causing cracking and creaking noises in the ceiling and walls?

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I have had similar experiences to most on this thread. I would hear noises coming from my walls.

I would normally hear them in late morning and then again late at night. I especially heard them

as the sun would heat up the south side of my house on a cold day. I could often cause the noises

to happen by slightly pushing on the inside (or outside) of my wall. It was easier for me to cause

the sounds in late morning or late at night. Once I got the walls to make the sound it was hard

to get it to happen again right after. I would push the walls every night before I went to bed (I know that's crazy).

In several areas of my wall, I removed the drywall to see if it was rodents or studs moving.
I had a very difficult time getting the anything to move from the plywood toward the inside of the house.
Then I moved to the exterior. I had EIFS (Dryvit, Sto, Cynergy, etc.) cladding. I removed some of
the cladding (I know...

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One of the main causes of cracking and popping noises that seem to occur randomly in a house, mainly deep within the walls, floors, and ceilings, is known as thermal expansion. As the sun's heat, or even internal heaters cause the structural members of a house to grow warmer, the material itself begins to expand, primarily lengthwise, causing strain on the joints and fasteners, producing all sorts of sounds, especially in wood. With wood planks, the grain runs lengthwise, and is coincidentally the primary direction of the expansion. As the building begins to cool back down, the reverse happens, sometimes causing just as much noise as the long members begin to contract back down to their original size and the joints begin to tighten back...

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New apartment or old? If a new one, chance are you are hearing the wood shrink as it dries(and pulls against the nails or just twists) The wood is dry to a certain percentage like 60% when you buy it from a lumber yard. It dries while in position(making some woods impossible to nail into after say 20 years)
The more drier woods tend to check and crack. Which is why they need moisture when selling them as they do not show these marks yet. I never heard anyone describe it as a marble dropping.
Creaking, groaning, squeaking, cracking. That is it.

Then again you could have rats up there "bowling" Scraping sound is the pins being reset.

Tell me, what does a scurry sound like? They don't need to scurry if they got traction(and "wittle booties")

I am guessing this is not a new apartment, if you are already worried about rodent infestation.

If you really want to find out go up into the ceiling and take a good long look. Vent flaps make a certain...

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Like an unwanted spider edging across the wall, a hairline crack appears, seemingly overnight, before creeping across the ceiling or downward to a door or window frame. Cracks can be superficial nuisances that occur soon after the completion of a new home, or they can be the result of a more serious problem. With modern drywall taping techniques, you can repair most cracks, but if you don't address the cause of the cracks, they can appear again -- in the same spots.

Soil Movement

Various issues can cause soil movement, which then results in foundation settling and cracks in the walls and ceilings. If the builder did not adequately compact the soil beneath the poured basement or around the basement walls, shifting may occur.

Improper yard grade can add to the problem. The soil should slope downward, away from the foundation. When it doesn't, water can pool next to the foundation, seeping down along the walls. When the soil dries, it can pull away from the wall,...

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It definitely sounds like your home is settling, big time. You will most likely start to see nail pops and small cracks forming at doorways and/or windows. The temperature changes at lot in the morning when the sun hits your roof so you are also experiencing building materials giving up moisture absorbed before and during construction. Your builder should have responsiblility to for repairing settling cracks, nail pops and flooring problems. However, discuss this with him first, many only allow a one time call back. This problem will diminish over time.

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Why when swallowing crunches in your ears?

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Ground subsidence- earth movement- expansion or contraction most common. Seasonal soakage and drying of support ground most common. If the house was built on uncontrolled fill, or an old dump site you have problems. Gypsum board plastered with bad workmanship can fail on joins. Framing timber that was unseasoned (green) will shrink and cause problems. Old water leak damage can be cleaned up to remove evidence of that damage but the crack can remain or return.

Wind forces on inadequately braced structures, cyclonic or hurricane winds can rack a structure, and I have heard the vibration of heavy machinery or trains can cause cracks. A deep excavation or subteranian activity nearby can cause ground...

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Ceiling cracks happen naturally over time as a result of many factors. The older a structure is, the more likely that stress, moisture, and temperature will cause the formation of cracks. Several other factors, however, can accelerate effect of wear and tear. Poor workmanship is the most common cause of early cracks in a ceiling, specifically if inferior technique was involved in building the ceiling. Other external factors, such as accidents and forces of nature, can also lead to the formation of cracks.

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New-build house 18 months old. When it is windy there is a creaking noise from around the edges of the roof area which is heard very distinctly in the bedrooms. The builder has brought in the roofing contractor who seems to have no idea what is causing it. They have decided to seal the joins in the roof lining membrane but I don't this is the problem, although it does visibly ripple in windy conditions. Wondering if there are issues with the roof trusses which extend out over the external walls.

There are also intermittent cracking noises from the roof - is this due to normal settlement and drying out of roof timbers, and will it go in time.

I am wondering if we should get a structural engineer in to check that all has been built correctly.

Thanks for any...

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Abnormal breathing sounds differs in quality from the normal hollow, rustling sound that is heard as air passes through the large airways like the pharynx, larynx and trachea (bronchial breathing) and resonates in the bronchial tree and lungs (vesicular breathing).

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I bought a mid 70's house in California a few months ago and have noticed that the ceiling makes "cracking" or "popping" noises -- especially late at night /early morning, but during the day as well.

It happens in most of the rooms and turning on the heat (or extreme changes in temp) exacerbates the problem.

IS THIS THIS KEY? I have also noticed that I can apply pressure to the ceiling with my hands to "manually" make it "crack."

The seller did not disclose to me that the house made these noises, and it wakes me and my baby up.

I assume that this is caused by expansion/contraction due to changes in temperature, but it happens so much.

HELP HELP HELP -- is it the drywall ceiling, lack of enough insulation, trusses in attic?

Anything we can...

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Hello

We purchased a 2 story townhouse a year ago that is now nearly 2.5 years old.

We had a building inspection done before we purchased the property which came back largely clear. However, we have had a few issues with the builder that have lead me to realise he may have cut a lot of corners and used a lot of sub-contractors. I have already taken him to consumer affairs over one issue and obtained a result in our favour.

The problem I want to post about here is incredibly loud and frequent bangs, pops and cracks that come largely from the ceiling and walls. The sounds are loud enough to wake you up at night. We do have ducted heating but this is turned off at night. The problem is worse during the winter months, which is obviously due to variations in temperature. However, this does not mean we do not hear it at all during Spring and Summer.

I have mentioned this to the builder, but he has explained that this occurrence is perfectly normal...

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