On Friday, November 23, we conducted a preliminary investigation interview with a new client. The experiences the client shared with us are:
- knocking on the bedroom wall
- spinning lamp in kitchen (witnessed by client and client’s child)
- hearing voices (experienced by all family members)
- floor vent removed and turned upside down in office
- sound of a baby crying on upper floor, near bedrooms
- black marks on the floor at the top of the basement stairs that look like footprints
The client shared that they have lived in the home for approximately three months, and that, on their second night in residence, loud crashing noises were heard coming from downstairs. The client described the sound as being like several brooms crashing to the floor. The client also shared that their child saw black footprints at the top of the stairs leading down to the basement.
The client also shared that their child saw what they first thought to be a bird in the kitchen, and that when it flew past, the child experienced what was described as “freezing cold”. Immediately following that incident, the hanging kitchen lamp began to spin.
According to the Deed, the home was built in 1985. The district in which the home sits was established at around the same time.
The client shared that upon purchasing the home approximately three months ago, they renovated their main floor and were still in the process of making other renovations in the home. The client shared that the hanging lamp in the kitchen was one of the last remaining original fixtures.
Our preliminary investigation revealed no visible causes for the spinning lamp or knocking on the bedroom wall on the upper floor. However, we did notice that when the heat came on and went off, there were popping sounds that, depending on our location, sounded like knocks. We asked the client to try to take note of whether the heat is on, or if it has just turned off, when they hear those knocking sounds in their bedroom or in other areas of the home.
During the preliminary investigation interview, with the client’s permission, we took photos and ran one of the voice recorders. After reviewing our photos and audio file, our findings are as follows:
- In the basement, we examined the electrical panel, the water tank, and the dual furnaces – all three of which are very close together. We found EMF levels ranging from 54 milligauss at the electrical panel, to 384 milligauss emitting from the electrostatic charger attached to the main furnace when the furnace was running. Concerned for the health and well-being of the entire family, the client was immediately encouraged to have the charger inspected as soon as possible. In a follow-up email, an information link was provided about the effects of high EMF and how to reduce them, as well as an information link explaining the known effects of potentially malfunctioning electrostatic chargers – specifically, the appearance of black marks on surfaces in the home. The client has since confirmed via email that the electrostatic charger was an existing fixture on the furnace at the time of purchase, and that they are going to have it inspected.
- During inspection of the master bedroom, located on the upper floor, high EMF was recorded from the client’s alarm clock, which is close to their bed. The client was then encouraged to either move the clock further away, or replace it with a new one with a lower EMF emission.
- Carbon monoxide detectors were recommended for the furnace room (located in the basement), as dual furnaces, the hot water tank, and the electrical panel are very close together. We are concerned about possible CO leakage, which affects the health and well-being of the entire family. We also recommended a CO detector for the both the main and the upper floors, to ensure adequate warning of leakage.
- The client shared with us that flies were being found in various locations in the home – specifically, in the master bath. Research on this matter provided information about a species of fly called “cluster flies,” and their tendency to winter in homes with south-facing walls. An information link was provided to the client – who has since confirmed via email that this is, indeed, what they are dealing with.
Regarding the audio we recorded during the interview, after careful analysis, our findings are that the audio is inconclusive. We found nothing out of the ordinary in the still photos we took.
We thank the client for inviting us into their home, and we await their decision about whether or not they would like us to conduct a full investigation. Should anything change for them, however, we have encouraged them to call us.