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Dripping noise...but can't find a leak

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by KayL, 25 Jun 2019.

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  1. KayL

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    We moved recently to a 1960s bungalow, and we keep hearing a dripping noise on the ceiling when it rains. It's a very clear 'drip' noise, like something falling from pretty high and hitting something solid.

    The noise is concentrated to the middle of the house (I've attached a floor plan with the area in red). It doesn't happen in heavy rain.

    We've had the roof checked over and everything is fine. The loft isn't boarded but there is insulation down, so I wouldn't expect anything to be reaching the plasterboard. If I go up to the loft when we hear the dripping noise, not only can I not see any leak, I also can't hear the noise!

    The bungalow itself is steel framed, with a cavity wall that isn't filled.

    Any thoughts as to what it could be are welcome!
     

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    Is it different when you open the window?
     
  3. KayL

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    Hi Stephen

    No, not that I've noticed (though when I've had the window open, I can mostly just hear the rain outside). If the window is open, the position the noise seems to be coming from remains the same.
     
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    If it were me, I'd wait till the sound happens, put my coat on and see if I can see any dripping outside, particularly at the bottom of the downpipes, or possibly put some thin foam at the bottom of he downpipes and see if the drip changes.
     
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    I will be the only person in the UK hoping for rain :) though I would have expected to hear a noise closer to where the guttering was, if that was the case, rather than in the centre of the building?
     
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    Possibly chimney.
     
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    My chimney does this when it rains, check and see if it has a cover over the outside or if the rain can fall down it.
     
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    Could it be water dripping down the gutter drain pipe and hitting something? A combi condensate pipe perhaps? I know this happens in stack pipes but unsure if the sound could travel from outside in...?
     
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    I have a flat topped metal chimney cowl, with chimney in middle of house. When it rains, ping, ping ping. Its usually first indication that it is raining.
     
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    Any parapet wall at roof level?
     
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    Hi Harry
    If you get bored with the pinging sound you can cut a piece of slate and bond it to the top of the ali terminal.
     
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    It doesn't bother me in the slightest, I love the sound of rain. It also serves as an early warning that it is raining, for when there is washing out on the line in the back garden. Its a flue for the gas fire in the living room, which is never used. I can also hear birdsong, from the back garden via that flue.
     
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    Each to their own then, I've had a few customers over the years complaining over birds cooing or hail stone.
     
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