"Be-beep" or sq-squeek"?

@FayeHazel (17912)
United States
April 27, 2018 11:23am CST
Am I finally going completely crazy? A few months ago, this past winter, I became aware of a really quiet, high pitched "be-beep" or "sq-squeek" chirping kind of sound in my apartment. I looked everywhere I could think of for some kind of item that might be making this noise (it sounds similar to a timer, or a low battery alarm) - but no luck. I looked at my clock, all electronic devices, and tried to pinpoint where it's coming from to no avail. I was about ready to say something to management when, just as mysteriously as it began, it stopped. I was thinking about this noise the other day - "remember back when there was that mysterious beeping? Yeah! I'm sure happy that stopped." well... the very next day... guess what happened? (By the way, why can't that happen in reverse, you know? With good things. "Remember when we found that $20 bill? " and then you find another. But no, it doesn't seem to happen that way. *sigh*) That's right. The perverse beeping started up again. Every 11 seconds(I've counted) I'm greeted with a faint "be-beep". I've wondered if it's something below me (I'm above the maintenance room) or if my neighbor above or to the side of me has something that's beeping, but most certainly they would have noticed it I should think. I really don't want to involve management at this building. The manager, though a nice enough person, is what I perceive as hyper-active, doesn't let me finish sentences, assumes I'm going to say something different than what I'm going to say actually, so it's interesting trying to communicate at times. But on the other hand I don't want to go crazy with this "be-beep" sound, either. In case you were jealous here is a video of various sound sound effect beeps.
Some low battery sounds from various mobile phones in Synthesia.
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@mlgen1037 (29623)
• Manila, Philippines
27 Apr
Well someone in your apartment is being playful. hehehe I literally thought they are mice.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Lol! Ah, someone playing a game. That would be mean. I figured out it's coming from the mechanical room below me so far
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@mlgen1037 (29623)
• Manila, Philippines
30 Apr
@FayeHazel hihi. Well, that could be possible too. Do your neighbors hear it too?
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@mlgen1037 Hm, not sure... I don't think anyone else has heard it - but then I'm directly on top of where it's coming from. Gr.
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@moffittjc (42939)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
Hmmm...could you talk to the maintenance guys directly and not involve management and see if they can pinpoint the beeping? It is possible that it's something coming from their maintenance room below you. I could tell you, if that happened to me it would drive me absolutely crazy trying to figure out what it was! I'm going to test out your theory about these things happening in reverse! "Remember that time I found that $20 in a parking lot?" Well....I'm going grocery shopping today, so I am going to be on the lookout for that $20 bill.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Oh good thought there! We actually got a new maintenance guy here -- I hope I spot him around so I can ask him, directly. So far, I did determine that it's coming from that maintenance room below me. Put my ear to the door and I can hear whatever it is echoing in there. GR I hope you found that $20! Does my theory work?
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@moffittjc (42939)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
@FayeHazel You'll get a good laugh out of this...I actually walked around the parking lot with my eyes glued to the ground looking for that $20 bill. I kept saying to myself, "I'm going to find it, I'm going to find it." I almost got run over by a car, but no luck on finding a $20 on the ground. I was pretty bummed. But here's the really cool part...I went to grab my checkbook when I got home so I could deduct what I spent on my debit card, and there was a $20 bill sitting inside the checkbook! I forgot I stuck it in there a couple of weeks ago in case my daughter needed it for her trip to Universal Studios. So, it didn't go directly as planned, but I think today proved that your theory works!
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@moffittjc No way, seriously? FInding money (even if it's your own money that you forgot about) is pretty cool. And to think, it was $20 - too - the amount we were talking about. I bought a scratch off game yesterday, but alas , no luck. I will try thinking about positive things (instead of annoying beeping) and see what happens. Cool experiment. :-) Hope daughter has fun
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@DianneN (77844)
• United States
28 Apr
It would drive me nuts! Perhaps it's the smoke detector or something like that that needs a new battery.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
I've figured that it is coming from the maintenance room...might be some sort of detector down there. It's making me nuts!
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@DianneN (77844)
• United States
29 Apr
@FayeHazel I hope it can be made more quiet!!!
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@DianneN Me too! I see maintenance is here today so hopefully this can get addressed
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@porwest (4806)
• United States
29 Apr
Odd noises drives me nuts. Hope you figure out what the heck it is.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Thanks! So far I determined that it is coming from the mechanical room below me
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@porwest (4806)
• United States
1 May
@FayeHazel Hmmm. Well, hopefully there will be a remedy? Like I said, that would drive me nuts.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
1 May
@porwest lol, yeah, it's working on my sanity, too. I will have to try and catch the manager while she's in.... that's a trick all in itself.
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@YrNemo (12615)
29 Apr
That happened at my place in the past, for a fair time. Someone pointed out that our remote control for the heater was the culprit, the battery began to be weaker. I didn't believe them of course, (since I had no clue how to change the battery for that unit). Then someone changed the battery for us and all the noise stopped. (That remote control was right outside our bedroom, that was why it annoyed me!)
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Oh no! I'm happy that you finally got someone to replace the battery, thank goodness! It is maddening!
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@YrNemo (12615)
30 Apr
@FayeHazel I keep worrying about the NEXT TIME .
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@YrNemo lol, I think I would too, but at least you know where it would be
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@Courtlynn (66048)
• United States
27 Apr
Id mention it just because it would drive me nuts.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
I'm going nuts ... figured out that it is coming from the mechanical room below me
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@Courtlynn (66048)
• United States
29 Apr
@FayeHazel well least you know where its coming from.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@Courtlynn Mystery solved, finally. I haven't talked to the manager yet, but maintainance is here today, going in and out of that room, so hopefully they will fix it with no need for me to talk to manager. That's my hope
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@nela13 (6829)
• Portugal
27 Apr
Maybe if you haven't mentioned it, it wouldn't have started again
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
lol! I know, right? Why cant it work that way with other stuff? Like thinking about finding money
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@nela13 (6829)
• Portugal
29 Apr
@FayeHazel ohhhh that would be awesome
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@nela13 I know, right? :-)
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• Trinidad And Tobago
29 Apr
Well now that you mentioned it, everytime I go to our kitchen which is next to the bar, I hear high pitch noise. I always though it was a cricket. But i am going back to to check if it is electronic. Hope you get to the bottom of your mystery soon.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Oh no! I hope you figure out your mystery noise too. So far I figured out that it's coming from the mechanical room below me
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• Trinidad And Tobago
2 May
@FayeHazel Oh? Well that's good to know. Now you know! Mystery solved.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
2 May
@Gita17112016 Thank goodness, I thought I had lost my mind there for a minute lol
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
27 Apr
I know what you mean. I recently moved into an apartment; I haven't lived in an apartment since the late 80s! It's weird, all the sounds that are around from other people. Just this morning I heard a soft buzzing like a busy signal, not as fast as one, but it went on for about 15 minutes. It was in the living room of my upstairs neighbors. She is home all day, he works, I've never met them but have a lot of questions! Why is the rhythmic tapping on the floor, rather like light hammering, around 3PM every day? Why do I hear their patio door open nearly every hour and why do I hear her washing machine at least twice a day when there is only 2 of them?! And that's just the people above me. I share a wall with a downstairs neighbor, too, but whoever it is is very quiet, just like me. If you're on good terms with your neighbor, I would ask about the sound. It'd be nice to know what it is!
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Ah, and the smells are interesting at times, too. lol. That is a real mystery about your upstairs neighbor. A lot of laundry for only 2 people. Ah, think I got it solved - it seems to be coming from the maintenance room downstairs, so ask the manager, I will. Here is a hilarious video, it reminds me of your upstairs neighbor.
If you have an upstairs neighbor, you understand. If you don’t, you’re either a part of the few lucky ones or you ARE one. Noisy neighbors are a nuisance, an...
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
30 Apr
@FayeHazel Oh my gosh, THAT'S THEM!!! I've never met them but I've heard most of those noises. Thanks for the laugh!!
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
@dragon54u You're welcome - I LOVE that video :-)
@Orson_Kart (4353)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr
Unlike my fellow responders I am not going to focus on the strange noise (as you've sussed that), but on your strange building manager. I am going to give a link to right pair of British comedians, which came immediately to mind. Hope you enjoy.
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• United Kingdom
30 Apr
Another classic sketch from the comedy legends.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
30 Apr
lol! Yes! That's her exactly! Thanks for sharing. I love British comedy
@kepweng (14518)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
2 May
do u have still beeper device?
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
2 May
No, it finally quit just a few hours ago. Ahhhhhhhhh niiiiiiice
@jaboUK (53917)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr
That must be really annoying, I hope you can find the source.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Thanks! SO far I figured it is in the mechanical room below me
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@ConVolines (1474)
28 Apr
Sounds like the smoke detector in your apartment. Find it, then wait and watch. If it beeps, and will probably flash, you need to change the batteries.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Good thought, it is a lot like that sound, I figured out that it's coming from the maintenance room downstairs.... maybe its the smoke detector in that room
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Apr
It sounds like one of those smoke alarms that starts beeping when it needs a new battery. I have been fooled before.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
lol! I think it's some kind of alarm in the mechanical room below me. It's really irritating
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr
I wonder what it can be. Funny that it stopped for a time then started up again.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
So far I figured out that it is from the mechanical room below me. Argh. It can stop any time now.
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@Marty1 (33493)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Apr
I have had that happen to me, but it was always the smoke alarm needing batteries or the carbon monoxide detector. I have to get used to it if it is a smoke detector as they are on the ceiling and I cannot change the battery as it is too high. My carbon monoxide detector is on my bedroom shelf. Good luck finding out what it is!
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Lol! Thanks! SO far- I have determined that it is coming from the mechanical room below me. I hope your batteries stay good for a long time :-)
@Corbin5 (105933)
• United States
27 Apr
The beeping would get on my nerves after a while. Sounds like it may be the carbon monoxide detector or smoke detector perhaps. Those two things pause between beeping here.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Ah, whatever it is, I think it's coming from the maintenance room below me ack
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@andriaperry (50540)
• United States
27 Apr
A smoke alarm maybe? They will make noises that will drive a person MAD! that is what it sounds like to me the way you described it. Maybe its in the next apartment, beside, above or below, especially if there is an empty one.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Ah good thought! It is coming from the maintainence room downstairs -- so I will have to talk to the manager.... you're right those things are so IRRITATING. ARGH
@TRBRocks420 (77284)
• Banks, Oregon
27 Apr
I was thinking birds because I can hear them squeaking as we speak lol.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
29 Apr
Lol, that's actually why my dad thought too -- we figured it out though. It's coming from downstairs
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