Electrical Wiring in the Home/Popping sound from wall outlet


Hi, I hear a popping sound from an outlet...very sporadic but looked on-line and saw similar posts and they suggested to turn off the main power(breaker) to that outlet...which i did...but i still hear the sound coming from outlet. House is less than 3 years old...any suggestions?

Jerrod this is a tough one,   popping sounds from an outlet usually indicate some kind of loose connection and the POP is really an arc,       so shutting it down is prudent,    but it should be on a string of outlets,       so it should have shut down several outlets       

But the popping continues,    and the problem with sound is it is very hard for humans to determine where sounds come from,    lower frequency sounds like you would get from a sub speaker are so low   that they should NOT be detectable as far as where they come from,   

Is anything electrical going on in your home?   Anything at all?

The popping sound could be anything,  maybe a pipe,  maybe even some sort of animal that found a way in,  but if it is constant and the same, it is likely not an animal,

About all you can do now, is make sure the breaker is off to that outlet,    plug a known lamp in and if it does not light,  then it is dead,  and at least take the cover off,     

Do a good visual with a good flashlight,   but it sounds like it is not electrical,    it is just allowing the sound to transfer so it sounds like it is coming from the outlet itself,     when it could be a pipe banging  up between studs and transmitting down to the outlet AREA,   

OIf you are the least concerned with it being electrical,   get an electrician right away,  I just suffered a cord on a coffee maker short out and burn my house severely    back in January and it is still not rebuilt     still in a rental house,    so you don't want to fuss with anything electrical,    but again if it is off,      it may not be electrical,    or it could be that something else electrical is popping  like the pipe   and coming from that outlet area,     

If the house is 3 years old,  it is a shame,   these new houses anymore are built with no care at all,      if the builder is still in town,   that is who I would contact,      he has the drawings,   has electricians and plumbers and    if he is worth a damn    will take care of the problem no matter what it is,          if it is something done when the house was built,     

I could come up with a long list of probable noises  something like a vent banging in the attic and traveling the sound down the studs,   just impossible to guess from here without seeing it,         but try the builder,         he should have the complete scheme and be able to narrow it down in no time,   plus it is 3 years old,  you should shame him into repairing it if it is indeed something caused during construction,  
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