Signs that Your Landline is in Need of Repair
You may be one of the more than 40% of Americans who still rely on a landline connection to stay in touch with friends and family and perhaps even connect to the Internet.
While no technology is perfect, there are a few surefire signs that it might be time to call in professional help.
The Almighty Static
Landline static can take the form of a distant bowl of Rice Krispies and be merely irritating, or it might sound more like spikes of audio chaos driven into your ear that makes conversation impossible. The bottom line is static can be caused by a variety of environmental or technical conditions. You could spend days or weeks fruitlessly searching for the cause and going slowly insane – or call a cable professional.
A Dead Landline
On the other end of the annoyance spectrum is a phone line that sounds like King Tut’s tomb before the archaeologists opened it up. Silent. Dead. The first thing to do is take a quick check of all the obvious connections. It might be something as simple as a loose plug-in. Then again, it could be something worse.
While it might seem that your best option in this case would be to call Ghostbusters, landlines – especially in party line prone rural areas – are notorious for adopting all sorts of weird vocal histrionics. Maybe a recent rainstorm soaked the wiring where a rat had been nibbling for the past two weeks. Probably not an issue you want to spend time tracing on your own.
These are the most common problems associated with a landline, though you might run into others. The bottom line is a quick call to a cable company professional can save you a lot of headaches.