Kansas City is known for its haunted houses—from The Beast to the Macabre Cinema, you can get your scare on not far from home. However, what if it’s your home that is haunted? Strange noises, unexplained lights flickering, doors closing on their own. Who you gonna call? Probably a handyman.
Loose wiring is the most common reason lights flicker. Flickering lights are also one of the top reasons for house fires. First things first, shut off the light circuit before removing the light fixture that you suspect is the problem. The best thing to do is to contact an electrician.
Doors shutting on their own
If your doors are shutting without your assistance, it means their top and center hinges aren't plumb. It could just be loose screws. You can lift up the door and tighten the screws.
Both solid-board and plywood floors can cause annoying squeaking and creaks. Traditional hardwood flooring is the most likely to give you trouble. A handyman can fix your squeaky floors by sealing up any gaps to stop the wood floor rubbing against the underlying plywood subfloor.
Banging and clanking sounds most likely come from your AC unit. Have you changed your filters this year? That’s important; dirty filters can clog up your system. If you hear high-pitched squealing, you might need to have your fan belts checked.
If you hear hissing and can’t identify it
It’s time to get out of the house. Don’t touch any lights or anything electrical. Call 911 and tell them you suspect a gas leak. This is one thing you don’t want to wait on. If you smell gas, be sure to act quickly, and warn your neighbors as well.
Chances are you could use the help of a talented organizer. Or, it could be a ghost—we hear they love single socks.
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