donít think itís wise for someone without experience to perform his/her own
investigation of a possibly haunted home, there are a few things that you
can do to find out if the activity youíre experiencing is nothing more than
environmental issues within your home.
Feeling cold spots?
your windows and doors for drafts. You can do this by attaching a light
piece of material to a short stick or ruler and holding it in front of your
windows and doors. If the cloth moves, thereís airflow.
drafts where pipes or wires enter the home from the outside. The smallest
hole can be the reason for the coldest spot in your home. Check for drafts
in the area where pipes or wires come up from the basement, as well. Even
if the basement is heated, remember, heat rises and this can make a basement
the coolest area of the home. You will most likely feel a temperature change
as you ascend the basement stairs and it could be this cold air that youíre
fireplace flue. Is it closed? If it is, how drafty is it?
Feelings of being watched or seeing shadows, images, etc. in the bedroom or
perhaps the basement?
it or not, in your bedroom your digital clock or clock radio could be the
culprit! These devices emit high Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). Someone who
is sensitive to high EMF can experience feelings of being watched, they can
see shadows, or even images of what they believe to be spirits. Rashes have
also been reported in people who are extremely sensitive to EMF. Try
removing the digital clock from your night table and place it to an area as
far from the bed as possible. Think about purchasing a good old wind up
poorly wired electric boxes in the basement can also emit high EMF. Take
note as to where you are in the basement when you see or feel something
strange. If youíre near an electric box or even the transformer for your
doorbell, it could well be high EMF thatís causing you to feel
uncomfortable. Very old appliances and the ballasts in fluorescent lighting
an also give off high
EMF. Your computer monitor, your TV, even dimmer switches can be the cause
of high-strength EMF.
electrical codes require that metal plumbing lines be grounded, plumbing
lines and even natural gas lines can serve as conduits for small amounts of
electricity which produce EMF fields. It is even possible that a neighborís
house could be the source of the high EMF in your home. If thereís a water
pipe grounding issue in a home that is interconnected to yours by plumbing
lines, you could be experiencing higher than normal EMF fields in your home.
odors from things like paint remover and other solvents can also cause the
same effects as high EMF. These odors can travel through the vents reaching
every area of the home.
issues can be tough for you to diagnose yourself, so do what you can and if
you have not come up with a possible explanation, let us know and weíll come
out to your home to help you.
opening and/or closing on their own?
your doors to make sure they are level. If you donít have a level, use a
clear glass or pan with water in it. With any vibration, doors can open or
close if they are not level. You can also check the doorway for square by
measuring from the top left corner to the lower right corner, then measure
the top right corner to the lower left corner (like measuring each ďlegĒ of
an X). These two measurements should be exactly the same. If not, the door
frame is not square; therefore the door will not hang level in the frame.
Even if the door isnít open, you will certainly get drafts with a door or
window that isnít square.
that the door in question latches properly. Is all the hardware in place? We
investigated a particular home many times, not having any trouble with doors
opening or closing. One evening when we were at this home it was somewhat
windy. Without any warning, the front door slowly opened. There didnít
appear to be a gust of wind to blow the door, but after close inspection, we
noted that half of the latch mechanism was missing, allowing the door to
open with just a small movement of air.
moving on solid surfaces?
EasyÖ.check the floor, the table, the chair, whatever the surface is to make
sure itís level. Walk around the area to see if you cause enough vibration
to make things move. Is there a draft that could be causing this?
so many reasons for the sudden appearance of strange sounds. Consider a
changing humidity level. Humidity causes wood to swell, the same way cold or
dryness can cause it to shrink. Both of these conditions can cause creaking
or snapping, sounds.
your heating or plumbing pipes can cause a great deal of noise. You can also
hear sounds through the heating ducks that originate in other areas in the
home. If you have any loose pipes, you may hear banging sounds when the heat
comes on. My ice maker makes a great deal of noise late at night when an ice
cube drops into the container below. Simple sounds can seem magnified when
thereís nothing else going on in the house, when all else is quiet.
there are a host of environmental conditions that could easily cause you to
think that there is something paranormal in your home. Donít feel foolish,
if it concerns you, it needs to be resolved. Investigate what you can, if
youíre comfortable with doing that, and if you still have a problem, let us
know. No question or concern is too trivial; if something is frightening you
or a member of your family, donít hesitate to contact us! Weíre here to