Low-frequency rumbling or humming sound day and night in Livermore, CA

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Had enough

San Pablo, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2011
I live in Springtown and for more than six months have noticed a very low pitch rumbling or humming sound day and night when it is very quiet. Never stops! Sounds like a car's vibrating subwoofer system at a distance, low volume, but constant with short intermittent gaps, and extremely annoying especially at night when trying to sleep. I put my pillow over my head, hear it, listen to podcasts, hear it. Only solid silicone earplugs work when I want to sit or read in silence. Strangely it is only in the house where it is heard, in every room. I go outside and other than the steady stream of freeway noise I cannot hear the rumbling or locate the source, I go in the house, doors/windows closed or open, and there it is again. No sources inside the house, not tinnitus. Checked with Caltrans, they said it was probably freeway noise from Altamont; Isabel overpass construction is not 24 hours a day. Checked with the Independent, and City of Livermore, nothing...Search results on the web produce a ton of sites in the UK for low frequency sensitivity and noise, support groups, studies, etc. Cannot find anything for Livermore or the U.S. Anyone else out there experience this? It can't be just me! Nerve-racking!!!
Big Ron

United States

#2 Mar 9, 2011
You can get medication for yourself!
lisa

Menlo Park, CA

#3 Mar 9, 2011
I could be your cable box. My cable box makes a similar noise at night its annoying.

Since: Dec 09

Livermore

#4 Mar 10, 2011
Had enough wrote:
I live in Springtown and for more than six months have noticed a very low pitch rumbling or humming sound day and night when it is very quiet. Never stops! Sounds like a car's vibrating subwoofer system at a distance, low volume, but constant with short intermittent gaps, and extremely annoying especially at night when trying to sleep. I put my pillow over my head, hear it, listen to podcasts, hear it. Only solid silicone earplugs work when I want to sit or read in silence. Strangely it is only in the house where it is heard, in every room. I go outside and other than the steady stream of freeway noise I cannot hear the rumbling or locate the source, I go in the house, doors/windows closed or open, and there it is again. No sources inside the house, not tinnitus. Checked with Caltrans, they said it was probably freeway noise from Altamont; Isabel overpass construction is not 24 hours a day. Checked with the Independent, and City of Livermore, nothing...Search results on the web produce a ton of sites in the UK for low frequency sensitivity and noise, support groups, studies, etc. Cannot find anything for Livermore or the U.S. Anyone else out there experience this? It can't be just me! Nerve-racking!!!
You should have said what street you live on. If you live in the older homes from 1963. The problem could be in the meter panel. I dont remember how long ago we got new meters but I think it was about 8 months ago. The older homes have aluminum wires that can do strange things and the meter its self could cause a buzz sound even the wires that come up to the house are just laid in the dirt with a bad ground from the house. Now the big sound maker would be the High Power lines that cut right down the middle of springtown

Since: Dec 09

Livermore

#5 Mar 10, 2011
The first place I would look would be the fire station. Someone told me that they all hum the 24 bottles of beer on the wall song when they cant sleep. The song they hum is 2016 hours of sick time on the books 2016 hours of sick time you use some up you get some more 2090 sick hours on the books 2090 sick hours.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#6 Mar 10, 2011
It is the Altamont. And it can be bad enough to keep you up all night.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#7 Mar 10, 2011
It isn't the roadway noise, and its not freeway construction. I think its at the Lab.
Had enough

San Pablo, CA

#8 Mar 10, 2011
Mike in Springtown wrote:
<quoted text>You should have said what street you live on. If you live in the older homes from 1963. The problem could be in the meter panel. I dont remember how long ago we got new meters but I think it was about 8 months ago. The older homes have aluminum wires that can do strange things and the meter its self could cause a buzz sound even the wires that come up to the house are just laid in the dirt with a bad ground from the house. Now the big sound maker would be the High Power lines that cut right down the middle of springtown
Thanks kindly for suggestion Mike. House is in fact one from the early 60s, not very close to the power lines. You may be right, we've lived here 7 yrs without noticing it before, and noise does happen to coincide with the new meter panel installation. BUT it also coincides with getting roof re-done with a ridge vent, which cuts a 4 inch opening along length of roof peak, AND getting an energy saving meter installed on roof HVAC unit. All I know is that from one day to the next it was like- what the ****, who's playing their subwoofer stereo all the time? It "feels" like that type of sound/vibration. Not sure how to determine cause, if roof ridge, I would gladly pay to have it closed up, if meter, I would have PG&E out here in a second to remove it, but how to determine source. I'm not sure what kind of profession specializes in detecting low frequency sound/vibration sources, but I'll research new meter noise complaints to start Thanks again.
Had enough

San Pablo, CA

#9 Mar 10, 2011
Viticus wrote:
It is the Altamont. And it can be bad enough to keep you up all night.
Yes Vit , I know the constant noise from the Altamont well, higher pitch noise, constant, but as long as windows/door are closed, and the wind is blowing the opposite direction, it is tolerable, I don't care about it, doesn't bother me- much. This is a new, and different sound, not outside, only in the hose, in every room, like the house is a big reverberating sound box. What the Caltrans guy told me about the new repaving job is that there can be an increase in noise with either concrete or cement, forget which. But why would it suddenly cause the new low rumbling noise, and what the heck can be done about it except 24 hr white noise machine, ear lugs, or moving! My biggest fear is that it IS the 580.
Had enough

San Pablo, CA

#10 Mar 10, 2011
The Real Anon wrote:
It isn't the roadway noise, and its not freeway construction. I think its at the Lab.
Could be...took their public tour recently, incredible things going on out there! You never know...

Since: Dec 09

Livermore

#11 Mar 10, 2011
Had enough wrote:
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Thanks kindly for suggestion Mike. House is in fact one from the early 60s, not very close to the power lines. You may be right, we've lived here 7 yrs without noticing it before, and noise does happen to coincide with the new meter panel installation. BUT it also coincides with getting roof re-done with a ridge vent, which cuts a 4 inch opening along length of roof peak, AND getting an energy saving meter installed on roof HVAC unit. All I know is that from one day to the next it was like- what the ****, who's playing their subwoofer stereo all the time? It "feels" like that type of sound/vibration. Not sure how to determine cause, if roof ridge, I would gladly pay to have it closed up, if meter, I would have PG&E out here in a second to remove it, but how to determine source. I'm not sure what kind of profession specializes in detecting low frequency sound/vibration sources, but I'll research new meter noise complaints to start Thanks again.
The reason I think it could be the meter panel is my meter box had a fire about 5 years ago and the cause was the panel. So I upgraded to a 200 amp service and now on hot days and nights I can hear a deep buzz sound from that wall. At first i thought it was in the wall. But I know now that it is the panel / box. If you would like I can take a look at the problem for you.
I do have a contractors License and I would not charge you to take a look at the problem and to show 81 hater its not about money I would give you 2 hours of free labor You sound like a nice person so if you think I can help just let me know? You can give your number to the guy that works nights at 7/11

Since: Oct 10

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#12 Mar 10, 2011
Good comment mike, also should note that anyone with aluminum in their meter box needs to change it out ASAP due to fire hazard. This config has caused many total losses.
81 Hater

Tracy, CA

#13 Mar 11, 2011
Mike in Springtown wrote:
<quoted text>The reason I think it could be the meter panel is my meter box had a fire about 5 years ago and the cause was the panel. So I upgraded to a 200 amp service and now on hot days and nights I can hear a deep buzz sound from that wall. At first i thought it was in the wall. But I know now that it is the panel / box. If you would like I can take a look at the problem for you.
I do have a contractors License and I would not charge you to take a look at the problem and to show 81 hater its not about money I would give you 2 hours of free labor You sound like a nice person so if you think I can help just let me know? You can give your number to the guy that works nights at 7/11
Or it could be that Mike's unemployed and so damn bored of posting on Topix and so unbelievably desperate to do something other than hate, hate, hate. So please, give Mike a Job. The sooner he finds full time employment, the sooner he will have a better life, the sooner he will stop looking at everyone else around him and Hating...

Matter of fact folks, this is a shout out to all you folks in Springtown that need a little something done. Mike will charge you a reasonable rate and we can get him back into the working world..Come on y'all, have a heart.

Hell Mike, you should have been using this angle some time ago...Good luck, God speed, go get em lil feller!!!

Since: Dec 09

Livermore

#14 Mar 12, 2011
81 Hater wrote:
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Or it could be that Mike's unemployed and so damn bored of posting on Topix and so unbelievably desperate to do something other than hate, hate, hate. So please, give Mike a Job. The sooner he finds full time employment, the sooner he will have a better life, the sooner he will stop looking at everyone else around him and Hating...
Matter of fact folks, this is a shout out to all you folks in Springtown that need a little something done. Mike will charge you a reasonable rate and we can get him back into the working world..Come on y'all, have a heart.
Hell Mike, you should have been using this angle some time ago...Good luck, God speed, go get em lil feller!!!
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Since: Dec 09

Livermore

#15 Mar 12, 2011
Mike in Springtown wrote:
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mrcre8tiv

Livermore, CA

#16 Mar 18, 2011
I too am experiencing the humming in the area of Concannon and Holmes. It is at a low enough frequency that even ear plugs don't make much difference. Came on in the middle of the night last night. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the NIF at the lab or maybe the interchange construction along 580. It's really annoying.
Hi There

San Francisco, CA

#17 Mar 18, 2011
You're all nuts!
qwerty

San Jose, CA

#18 Mar 18, 2011
Have a similar problem. Think it's the underground PGE power transformer in the yard.
Had enough

Poway, CA

#19 Mar 19, 2011
mrcre8tiv wrote:
I too am experiencing the humming in the area of Concannon and Holmes. It is at a low enough frequency that even ear plugs don't make much difference. Came on in the middle of the night last night. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the NIF at the lab or maybe the interchange construction along 580. It's really annoying.
Exactly! Ear plugs dampen the sound, but don't eliminate it completely. Maybe a sensitivity of some people to low frequency sounds.
Had enough

Poway, CA

#20 Mar 19, 2011
Hi There wrote:
You're all nuts!
Nah...that would be the easy solution!

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