Category: Home & Garden
Soundproof Your House
Step One, Walls: Most noise comes through the walls. You need to reduce the noise coming through walls. You can add paintings, canvass, or screens to block the noise out. Certain materials will absorb the noise very well. Choose carefully the materials.
Step Two, Windows: Windows are more sensible to sound than walls. You can add curtains to windows to reduce the noise. If you are on budget you can double layer your windows.
Step Three, Doors: Reduce noise through doors as well. Use door sweeps.
Step Four: If noise is still a problem you can try using ambient music to create constant sounds. Noise such as, street cars, elevators doors shutting or conversations growing loud in the hallway, are not constant. Noise interrupts the calm and grabs your attention. Use a constant relaxing sound to block out the noise.
Step Five: Seal off the dry wall. Dry wall is used in many apartments. Sometimes Dry Wall is not entirely sealed off. If you remove the base of the floor you will find a gap. Seal that off with moulding base.
Step Six, Sound Stop: There are many materials used to eliminate noise. You can sound proof a studio or an office using these materials. Sound Stop materials come ready to install and in different formats. From wooden type to foam or curtain style, they will eliminate noise. They are used to make a room sound proof.
Step Seven, Noise Pollution: Noise pollution can be serious and is known to cause disorders and mood changes. Recently Courts have set precedents that state that noise pollution is an invasion of privacy. Most countries will rule in favour of noise complaints. Take action if noise is troubling, you.
Step Eight: Show the same consideration and reduce the noise you make yourself.
Step Nine: How to know if you should take action? According to Health and Safety Executive www.hse.gov.uk, if you are surrounded by intrusive noise during the working day, such as a busy street or a vacuum cleaner, or if you have to raise your voice to be heard by someone who is just two meters away, then you should take action.
The use of noisy powered tools or machinery, noisy industry such as construction, road repair, engineering or manufacturing, hammering or impacts can cause several health and behavioural disorders. From work efficiency to deafness or mood variations noise consequences are serious. Noise shouldn’t be a problem in busy offices, shops or travelling in cars on motorways. Find a free information guide at www.hse.gov.uk/noise/flyer.pdf