Beeeeep. Beeeeep. Beeeep.
February 17, 2012 8:19 PM Subscribe
There is a smoke detector in my building doing the low-battery chirp, and it's been going off for DAYS. How do I make it stop? Please, please help.
posted by serialcomma to Home & Garden (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For several days now, there's been a loud chirp every 30 seconds. After trying to locate the source of the beep, my husband finally contacted the landlord. The landlord visited the building and identified the source of the noise as our next-door neighbor, who is an elderly woman. However, the landlord refused to enter the apartment (saying it was "tricky," whatever that means) and said he would just try to contact the tenant.
But apparently no action has been taken, or the tenant can't be reached, or whatever, and the beeping is making us CRAZY. I called 311 to complain. They referred me first to make a noise complaint with the environmental protection office, and that office finally directed me to the local police precinct's non-emergency number. The very nice officer I spoke with said that, short of a strong belief that there's a dead body inside, they can't really do anything. All three of the city employees I spoke with said it's basically on the landlord (or the tenant, who technically has the responsibility to maintain the smoke detectors) to fix this.
My husband just called the landlord AGAIN, at 11 p.m. The landlord said there is a super who can handle this, but won't contact the super tonight "because it's a lot of trouble" or give my husband the super's contact info. In fact, he hung up on my husband just now.
So the beeping is continuing, the landlord won't deal with us, and there's apparently no authority who will take this on. What can we do? This is in NYC, and just to be clear, there is no fire. Please help before our brains turn to mush from the incessant high-pitched chirping.