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House vibrates

Posted on 7-20-2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

By: Saddlebum | Location: Northern part of lower Michigan

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Lived here for 28 years and have always experienced a slight vibration in my bed when sleeping. House is located on a hill side, walk-out basement, heavily wooded, on dirt road approx. 1/8th mile from a county paved road, 6,000 acres of state land behind and hay field across dirt road with a hay field on the W. side of property, recently built house on E. side of property.

Have always noticed the vibration while in bed whether taking a nap during the day or at night. Normally, does not last a full minute, sometimes only 5-10 seconds. Never really thought much about it but this last year or so I have noticed things are vibrating as well. I place stuff on the stairway coming up from the basement that I will soon need such as cooking oil, laundry detergent that is soon to run out. I put a 32 oz. jar of coconut oil on top of a cardboard box holding 6 packages of organic rice. The oil kept vibrating nearly off the box of rice and as I walked upstairs, I had to move the oil back so it would not vibrate off, not every day but 2-3 times a week. I also found a candle holder on a shelf that was about to vibrate off and have to pay attention to that as well.

The furnace is not running, the pressure tank is off and no water running anywhere that I know of. I have a modern energy efficient fridge which is not on when I experience the vibrations myself. The soil here is made of mostly sand with approx. 4" of hardpan and 6-8" of top loamy soil.

The dirt road runs into state land, two-tracks. I have 3 neighbors, 2 are on 5 acres each and one is 15 acres. None have heavy equipment. No fracking wells that I know of.

I have never felt the house vibrating except when I am in bed whether during the daytime or night. If asleep, I believe I sleep through them and not enough to wake me.
But, things are vibrating off. I kept watch on that container of oil on the box of rice for several months so I believe it's the whole house vibrating.

This house was built by a mason who lived here with his family 15 years prior to my purchasing it. 32' square.

No cracks in the cement flooring in the basement, stick built home. Although, having done some remodeling in the last 3-4 years, the mason had no building knowledge and acquired most of his materials from job sites new and tear downs, remodels that he was employed on to build the walls and used used electrical wiring most of which has been rewired to code but I know some has not. Copper pipes.

I have replaced the pressure tank with one a size larger, newer energy efficient propane furnace, newer 40 gal. water heater both professionally installed.

Why does this house vibrate?

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Comment icon #1 Posted by MissJatti on 21 July, 2019, 6:34
Any proof such as video to the claim? Does anyone else experiences this? Have they been to an expert to investigate this? So much things they can do before posting on here!  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cephalopox on 24 July, 2019, 0:49
A few months back I laid down to rest for the evening and felt a vibration.  I got up several times trying to find the source of the vibration.  Nothing was going on outside... no unusual neighborhood activity.   I stayed up another hour or so with no vibrations noticed.  When i finally laid back down i noticed the vibrations again and got out of bed, felt the bed itself for the vibrations and came up with nothing.  After this back and forth for a couple of hours I eventually found that my legs were making the vibrations and not the bed or anything exterior.  My legs were trembling ever so sli... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alchopwn on 24 July, 2019, 10:57
Here is a link to a property in Michigan that is vibrating.  Is it the same one? LINK As to what is causing it, the first thing that is necessary is to show proof that it is happening.  Firstly, get someone in who can prove that there is a vibration. They may well be able to determine what is causing it too. If a local tradesman can't crack the puzzle, consider asking a University Engineering dept (they often enjoy the puzzle). My bet, off the cuff and entirely based on stats, is that you have air in your plumbing somewhere.  Normally this only causes a problem when water is running, but press... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Desertrat56 on 24 July, 2019, 17:54
I lived in a rural mountain area and sometimes large trucks would go down the dirt road past my house, and they made the house vibrate.  One day I felt and heard what I thought was a large truck but louder with more vibration.  There was no truck.  It was 3.6 earthquake.   
Comment icon #5 Posted by ScotDeerie on 11 August, 2019, 13:56
Yep. Had the same thing happen to me. I could feel it but couldn't SEE the trembling. But since it went from a chair to the bed with me, I figured it out pretty quickly. Only by putting my hands on different parts of my body was I able to detect it.  And if it *isn't* that, perhaps the hillside the house it on is experiencing slippage. This would be BAD. These things can often be seen in the trunks of trees (see photo for the distortion in the trunks) that adjust for the slip over time. I imagine a good geologist might be of help.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by ScotDeerie on 13 August, 2019, 18:48
We had an earthquake after a salt mine collapse.
Comment icon #7 Posted by SmartAZ on 19 August, 2019, 5:16
Vibrations in houses are so common that people just asssume they are due to "settling". A house can make noises for centuries without settling enough to measure.  I once lived in a house that neighbors said was haunted. Well, yes, sort of. Every afternoon about an hour before sundown I would hear the sound of big feet running past the kitchen window. I thought that was awfully unspooky!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Manwon Lender on 19 August, 2019, 5:50
It could simply be the ground that the house sits on, it was said the house is at the base of hill. It could also weak floor supports, this can cause a lot of vibration in certain areas. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by darkmoonlady on 19 August, 2019, 6:28
My bed did this when I lived in King City CA as a kid. Scared the crap out of me til I realized it was the trains going through town. 

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