I live in Clerkenwell, one of the suburbs of London. Amongst the many civil issues we face at my parts, noise is one of the more pressing ones. We have a lot of young families in our neighborhood and the sight of children shouting and screaming is quite normal. More importantly, the walls in houses are quite thin and don’t do a good job of blocking noise.
This is an issue that many people face. Especially when it comes to apartments in crowded metropolitan cities, walls are very badly soundproofed and life gets difficult. A lot of properties in such areas, especially in the UK and in part of Europe, are older properties with walls that are unable to properly absorb the sound waves.
It is important at first to understand the mechanics of sound. Sound is a wave that travels through solid objects much faster (15 times to be specific) than through air. In this regard, it is different to light. The way to effectively stop noise pollution is not a one-step process. It involves multiple precautions, some of which we have listed in this post.
Avoid wall-mounted entertainment systems
Televisions or your Apple TV look better when mounted on a wall. That’s true. However that is one of the main reasons of excessive noise. If your bedroom is adjoint to a wall-mounted TV, you are going to have a rough sleep. As the noise source is directly joined to the wall, the sound waves travel much faster through the solid wall.
Use absorbing materials
Sound absorbers or dampeners are a great way to reduce noise pollution as they stop the passage of sound waves. Basically they are rubbery materials or vinyl that have excellent physical properties when dealing with sound.
This can be done in multiple ways. You can either buy such doors and replace your existing ones, or try weather-stripping your doors. Weather stripping uses an insulating kit to soundproof your door. Ensure also that you have hinged doors as opposed to sliding, as they close better.