65-year-old Pat Bathe, who works 12-hour shifts in a care home’s laundry room, is losing her mind due to a mysterious hum that has been keeping her awake for nine months, writes Joe Burn of British newspaper Mirror. She also snaps at people at work because of the mechanical droning noise. Pat states that the loud noise starts at 9:30 every night, and she wants Stoke-On-Trent City Council to investigate the said matter, according to news platform Stoke-On-Trent Live.
|Stoke-On-Trent City Civic Center / Photo Credit: Kerry Ashdown (via Mirror)|
“The council has suggested putting a noise monitor in, but a noise monitor is not going to fix the problem. It has even been suggested that I could be hearing things. But I'm not and this has been going on for nine months,” the mom-of-one narrates. Pat describes the sound as an “up-and-down humming noise.” At night, the sound is akin to a “lorry or a refrigerator.”
“I have to come down and sleep on the sofa, which I shouldn't have to do. I've even looked on the internet and it could be underwater pumps, pipes or a transformer. But there isn't a transformer near my house,” Pat explains.
|Cooking utensils and containers inside the refrigerator / Photo Credit: 1+1 TV/east2west news (via Mirror)|
Her 43-year-old son, Andy Bathe, no longer lives with his mother. However, the insurance consulter shares that he hears the same noise as his mom. According to Andy, the council removed her mother’s gravity water tank, installing a combi-broiler in its place.
He theorizes, “If they haven't removed the electric side of the hot water system that was up in the attic beforehand and it's kicking in at night to heat up a tank that's not there then it could be that. That's my guess.” Councilor and cabinet member for housing Joanne Powell-Beckett has investigated Pat’s property for noise, but the council has not picked up anything.