The noise of running water, people taking a bath or toilets flushing can be disruptive to any household. Soundproofing your bathroom may sound like a major job, but there are several simple steps which you can take to cut noise and annoyance levels.|
Lag the pipes
If you can get access to your bathroom pipes running from the toilet, sink or bath, then covering them with lagging is the first step in cutting noise. Lagging products are designed to stop pipes freezing, but as they are made from thick foam, they will muffle the sound of running water too. Modern homes tend to have all of the pipes boxed in and hidden away, so it may be better to try other methods of soundproofing first unless you have plans to install a new bathroom anyway.
Cavity wall insulation
If you live in a modern house with cavity walls or stud partition walls between rooms, one of the best ways to reduce noise is to fill the cavity with insulating material such as shredded paper, expanding foam, fibreglass or even wool. If you intend to tackle this job yourself, hire an insulating machine from a tool hire shop, along with insulating material. Drill holes towards the top of the wall at regular intervals, and then inject the insulation, allowing it to fill the wall from the bottom before moving to the next drilled hole. For a small area such as a bathroom, it may be cheaper to get a professional contractor in for a few hours to do the job.
Most of us use smooth surfaces on our bathroom surfaces such as tiles, vinyl flooring and smoothly plastered walls. Flat surfaces help sound reverberate around the room, so introducing some rougher finishes can help reduce noise. Rather than buying smooth lino opt for textured tiles for the floors and walls, consider wallpapering with a rough textured paper and use mats or rugs on the floor to absorb even more of the sound.
There is a huge range of products on the market which help reduce the noise from people moving around in your bathroom. These need to be installed under the existing flooring so it is something to consider when laying new tiles or lino. Insulation comes in different thicknesses and placed either between the flooring joists or directly onto the concrete, depending on how your home is constructed. As well as reducing the noise, this insulation will also keep the room warmer.
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