a reply to: cjdust
To add my tuppence worth to the mould discussion.
1930s semis tend to suffer from mould more than most houses because they were built to an old spec, have exterior walls on three sides and the heating
systems were added - and often expanded - without much thought. Warm air condenses on a cold wall and bingo.
So, in ours, we had mould under the coatrack in the hall and behind the wardrobe in the spare room. We moved both, washed down the walls with a
fungicide, and problem solved until we move the rads.
As for the rest, the banging could be expansion and contraction of pipes. You'll likely have a mixture of lead, steel, copper and plastic piping.
Older central heating and hot water pipes can sometimes have hot spots, where the water boils into bubbles that then crash through the system, the
sound magnified under joists and in walls. Incidentally, find and change any steel pipes when you can: they corrode from the inside and aren't
covered by most house insurance policies.
The smells remind me of my old house, where we often got whiffs in the hall and the porch. We found it quite pleasant and didn't let it bug us. Mind
you, some weird things went on when I first moved in - things that stopped happening once I confronted my inner demons.
Seeing things reminds me of the house I grew up in. I have some hazy memories of weird stuff, one of my sisters remembers faces at the window and my
devout Catholic mum hated the place. A few years after we moved out, we found out the place was connected to one of the people in the Jack the Ripper
story. Who knows?
Bad luck is in the eye of the beholder. Into every life a little rain must fall, as Robert Plant sang. and it's easy to see patterns where there are
none. The last five years have been quite blessed for us and then, in the last four months, we had a parent diagnosed with cancer, lost a pet, had an
expensive road bike stolen, my gout is recurring with a vengeance and the steel pipe running through our kitchen ceiling started leaking - £350 to
fix because I spotted it straight away, shut the water off and drained the system (and learned a hard lesson about reading the small print on
I'm a hard nosed rationalist in my old age so I won't admit to things like ghosts. Having said that, there are often rational, personal and/or
counterintuitive causes to stuff like this.
Calling in a priest or a vicar to bless the place won't hurt.
edit on 6-1-2016 by Whodathunkdatcheese because: (no reason given)