I have two telephone lines in my home. Why, when I’m on the phone and the other phone line is in use, do I hear the other conversation in the background?

This is commonly called Bleed over and usually results from one of three conditions.

  • Excessively long runs of wire within the home of non-twisted pairs.
  • Loop wiring from phone station to phone station.
  • A nick in the phone wire somewhere within your residence causing a weak interconnect between phone lines.

Phone wiring installation today should be done as a home run system, each phone station being a dedicated run back to a common terminal block.

Please remember if you have a problem with your phone wiring within your home, today it is the responsibility of the electrician rather than the phone company as in the past.