Top 10 Most Common Debunks
A: The top 10 debunks – if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, try these suggestions to help ensure the problem is not caused by a common issue.
1. If doors are opening on their own: Check to see if the door latches. Sometimes it may seem as if a door is latched, but it isn’t, and any gust of wind/draft or pressure form opening/closing other doors can cause the door to open. If this is the case, simply replace the latch. Another reason doors may seem to open on their own is due to the material of the door itself expanding or contracting from the weather.
2. Doors closing: Sometimes the building may be just slightly tilted in one direction, which can cause doors to close simply from gravity, especially if the door is heavy.
3. If there is audio/visual activity: Check the EMF (electro-magnetic field) levels in the area, using an EMF detector which can be bought at a hardware store or online, or if you know someone in the electrical field, maybe you can borrow one. You can also use a compass for this; the needle will move away from north around high EMF; just make sure the compass is level. High EMFs can cause hallucinations, headaches, nausea, feelings of being watched, and rashes. Some ways to remedy high EMFs are to make sure wires are shielded, or if caused by an electrical box, to make sure that is shielded. Things that typically give off EMF are: wiring, computers, refrigerators, TVs, radios, alarm clocks, lights, fans, some pipes, and other electronic devices. Also make sure it is not something else, like the motor of a fan whirring (I personally had this happen, and it explained some of the activity in my home. This sound can be quite creepy if you are half asleep and dont know what it is). Aslo check if sound carries through heating vents, etc. This can explain instances of hearing voices, as well as noise coming in through windows from outside.
4. Cold spots/drafts: Make sure that all doors and windows are sealed tightly, and remember that windows are often much colder than room temperature, so the area around a window will naturally be colder. Also check the placement of A/C units, or other things that may give off cold air.
5. Feelings of being watched or dizziness: Again check EMF levels. Also check for tilted or slanted floors, ceilings, or walls, as this can cause the “funhouse effect”.
6. Footsteps/scratching sounds/knocks/bangs: Some houses are just noisy, especially older ones. Old houses creak a lot; it just takes getting used to; it is just the house settlng. Another possible explanation for knocks and bangs could be plumbing/heating systems. As a heating or cooling unit kicks on, it may make some noise. This can usually be remedied by making sure pipes are secured. Make sure scratching sounds aren’t from pets or other animals, such as mice.
7. Faucets that turn on by themselves: Check the seals in the handle. Sometimes when seals are old or worn out, the faucet can “turn itself on”; this usually happens with the hot water, because the heat can make the seal loose. To fix this, just replace the seal.
8. Light phenomena: This may be just a car’s headlights shining in through a window, maybe even bouncing off something and then into view. Check to see if this could explain it. (“Orbs” caught on tape/in photos are usually just dust, bugs, or moisture on the lens. They seem to be illuminated, because the camera is trying to focus on the spec of dust etc.)
9. Silverware/objects moving: I saw this on TV and thought it was awesome debunking. There was a report of silverware moving in a restaurant after it had been placed on the tables. It turns out that the silverware had become magnetised and the magnetism was pulling them together. This could also be applied to other objects made of metal that seem to move on their own.
10. TVs that turn on, off, turn channels, etc.: This is often caused by a neighbor or someone in another room using a TV remote, other remote, or other device (like walkie-talkies) that cause interference with the TV, causing it to change channels, turn off or on, etc.
This article used with permission of “Support For The Haunted”