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North Caldwell Fire Department Solves the Case of the Unusual Vibration

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • 7:34pm



NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - On Wed, Nov. 6, the North Caldwell Police Department responded to the home of a resident who was concerned that there was a “very strong vibration” occurring at that moment in their home. The police arrived to ascertain that there was in fact a powerful, loud, pulsation coming from the basement of the home and that its force was causing the whole house to shake. 

The officer at the residence, Sergeant John Belotta, requested that the North Caldwell Fire Department also respond to conduct an investigation as to what was causing the vibration.

North Caldwell's Fire Chief John D’Ascensio commented, “The vibration noise was so loud that it sounded like a large piece of construction machinery was running inside the house.“

After the heating system was ruled out as a possible cause, Assistant Fire Chief Stan Rogacki investigated further and attributed the cause to the water system. Rogacki determined that after the water to the house was shut down, the vibration abated. After closer examination, he further found a very slight leak in the basement toilet which had created a “water hammer.” This tiny leak caused an unsecured pipe to vibrate loudly.

The water supply to the toilet tank was shut off which ended the vibrations. The homeowner was then advised to contact a plumber.

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