Showering and flushing in the bathroom can be very distracting especially if you have people over at your house. The bathroom can be structured to be next to the living room or dining area hence the inconveniencing noises.
Modern technology designing houses is normally not incorporating the need for soundproofing a washroom. However one can come up with methods to enclose the noises you make in the washroom.
Insulating the rooms range from cheap to expensive therefore one needs to choose what best works for them. Here are some few tips on how to soundproof a bathroom on a budget for your family.
1. Hush the bathroom door
Interior doors contain little mass and mostly they tend to even amplify vibrations from the inside. They have slim panels and hollow spaces. To prevent this from happening, you can do the following.
- Add mass to the washroom entry way, the easiest way to quiet your shower area is to replace the little massed interior doors with dense wooden ones which provide a better resistance on sound.
- Adding medium density fiber-boards on your doors.
- Stick dense vinyl on the entries
- Put acoustic boards
- Hang a blanket after all the fits are done.
Use weather stripping
Weather stripping is really cheap and is preferred by most builders. It involves the following steps;
- Remove the sticky back part.
- Stick the stripping inside the entry door frame where the door touches the frame when closed.
- Make sure the weather stripping covers the whole frame all around.
The stripping is not only designed to stop rain and wind getting through the doors but also prevents air borne sound from going through the gaps on the door. See some DIY tips here https://www.houselogic.com/remodel/remodeling-tips-advice/soundproofing-walls/
Install a sweep door
These sweeps are used to prevent wind and dirt from passing under the door where there is normally a huge gap. By stripping the frames on doors you will not fully provide complete soundproofing. Since it is thick and contains rubber, the sweep tightly fixes into the ground, therefore, preventing any sound to pass through.
2. Insulating washroom walls.
Before anything else, seal any cracks or hollow spaces in your bathroom walls. Apply a sealant as many times as you can to ensure it does not transmit any sound, then decorate over with paint to avoid any abnormal looks.
By adding this, it will increase the mass of your wall hence preventing transmission of any sound. After adding the layers of drywall, apply a sealant like green glue which helps to dampen sound vibrations. Click here to see more ideas you can use when you are on a tight budget.
Align towel racks
If installing the drywall is quite expensive for you, you can, therefore, rearrange or restructure your bathroom furniture. For instance, in case of a single wall in the bathroom that has hollow spaces, arrange towels or hang them across these spaces to muffle sound before it reaches the wall hence acting as sound proof material.
3. Noiseless floor
Floor especially bathroom floors are very well insulated and transmit little or no sound at all. They are often tiled, which makes them dense. However, impact on the surface can cause transmission of sound, examples, footsteps or something dropping. In order to curb such noises, lay thick mats and rugs and also wear thick slippers in the wash area.
4. Hushed toilet
The toilet can really make a lot of noise. Starting from flushing, the toilet lid hitting the tank, etc. All these make it very uncomfortable to stay in a room that has a washroom which is frequently being used.
The following are things to do to avoid these noises
• Add padding to the toilet lid
• Also, pad the toilet tank where the lid hits it.
• Soundproofing the toilet tank. This will require a little bit more professionalism.
• Check the toilet pipes if they make noise while filling up the toilet tank.
• Ensure the water valve is put correctly.
5. White noise
This helps by distracting people from unwanted noises in the wash area. White noise soothes people and makes them feel more comfortable. Installing machines to play white noise will, therefore, subdue the unwanted noises.
6. Soundproofing the air vent.
If the vents are bringing in too much noise, you can put a sound proof blanket or curtain to restrain any sounds. Using foam on the inside part of the air vent which will assist to muffle the sounds that travel through this vent. You can also create a sound maze in the vent but this is a little bit more complicated and expensive.
Soundproofing or hushing your shower room is therefore very important. It is irritating hearing a person’s movements in the shower especially if they are very noisy. Also for privacy purposes, people prefer to hush their bathrooms to prevent the noises they make from in there be known to everyone in the house. It is also very affordable since you can use materials you have at home or can even seek consultation from a professional to quiet your washroom.
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