Innocent pipes? Not quite.

Alma Bwogger and soon-to-be model Rachel Deal, has had enough of the facilities that hide in her wall and her nightmares. Please send help.

The pipes in my walls bang. Loudly. I wake up in the middle of the night, multiple times a night, to the wall next to my head vibrating as the pipes clang. It started happening in late October, I think, when the heat first came on in our building.

If you live in a building heated by steam (which most of the dorms are, I believe), you may be experiencing this issue as well. According to Digg, the cause of this incessant banging is sagging pipes (or pipes that weren’t put in properly in the first place). Steam condenses, leaving water that can’t drain because of said drooping pipes. Water droplets are then picked up by steam passing through the pipes, and they somehow ricochet off the pipe walls, creating that sound.

The only way to fix it, apparently, is to replace or adjust the pipes…and we know that’s not going to happen. I tried to convince Facilities, but they said there was nothing they could do.

There are a few things that I’ve tried to block out the noise: ear plugs (they always pop out of my ears? What am I doing wrong?), smothering myself with pillows (pretty effective but you can still feel the wall vibrating), and screaming over the sound (my roommate loves me). Have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.

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