Using Wall Insulation to Control Noise Pollution

Ever been in those situations where you can hear every breath that your neighbour takes? Or vice-versa. This means that it\’s time to draw the line. A line that will make you keep your privacy and your neighbours theirs. It\’s also very important as you might be troubling your neighbour with all the unwanted noise. Or vice-versa. Respect might be lost if you don\’t take this step. Noise is a misery. If the screaming of kids is not bad enough, it gets even worst when you are trying to sleep at night and the noise from outside keeps going on. Ever thought that your walls are not shifting out the noise? The truth is wall insulation can dramatically eliminate the problem and the process is incredibly simple.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Cover the gaps

The first step to cut down the noise is to use caulk to cover gaps in the wall.

  1. Choose the suitable material

Buy fiberglass batting insulation for the entire room. Working from ceiling to floor, use a utility knife to cut lengths of the insulation to fit completely between the studs. But beware when you are working around electrical outlets.

  1. Installing the batting

Next, fit the batting neatly into place with paper side against the outer wall and keep the insulation in place by stapling the edges to the studs.

  1. Adding drywall

Adding drywall on top of the insulation will not only make your room look better but also will keep the noise pollution to almost nil as this is an extra layer of insulation. To make a perfect fit, measure the drywall panels exactly before you nail them to the studs.

  1. The perfect finish

After installing everything, use drywall tape over the seams between the panels. Then cover with drywall mud. Smooth the surface with a scraper. After it is dry and before you start the painting, sand smooth and wipe the wall clean.

Now you get excited in enjoying a quiet moment in a noisy neighborhood. Another highlight is that there is less reliance on heater as the insulation keeps the room warmer too. Less bills, more savings.

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