Why Is Your Washing Machine Noisy?
Video: How to Soundproof a Washing Machine – 3 Vibration Reduction
So, How to Soundproof a Laundry Room?
1. Laundry Door
|1. Weatherstripping tape||Weatherstripping tape, believe it or not, can efficiently soundproof a laundry room door. While this tape’s primary use is to prevent heat transfer and stop drafts, it may also be used to filter out unpleasant sounds.
Apply the tape to any gaps along the length of your door, such as at the top and between the slats if your door is slatted (Weather Stripping How-Tos for Doors and Windows on askwetandforget.com).
|2. Door sweeps||Door sweeps are used to fill the space between a door’s bottom and the floor, we mentioned this in How to Soundproof a Bathroom. Use a door sweep that can be fastened to the bottom of the door or, even easier, a door sweep that can be slipped below the door without having to be attached.|
|3. Sound barrier||Sound barrier insulation can also be placed on the door to block outside noise. This type of insulation is often composed of vinyl, which prevents airborne noise. Measure the door, cut the insulation to fit, then secure it with nails or glue. It’s worth noting, though, that sound barrier insulation, while effective, may be costly (Learn more about How to Make a Room Soundproof From Outside Noise on silencewiki.com).|
|4. Soundproofing blankets||Save the best for last-hang soundproofing blankets on the interior or exterior of the doors, or both sides, for the easiest solution. These blankets are thick and constructed of sound-absorbing materials, similar to that of noise-reducing curtains.
Make sure you get blankets that are the right size for your doors by measuring them. If you can’t find blankets that suit the precise measurements of your doors, you can modify them to cover the surface. Attach the blankets to the door with glue or nails; otherwise, if you wish to be able to remove them, hang the blanket from a curtain rod above the entrance.
|5. Buy a new door||This is the extreme measure you can consider, we know buying new items may seem impulsive, but it is one of the best things you can do. You’ll be dealing with the source of the problem. You don’t just treat the symptoms and ignore the underlying causes.
We recommend getting a strong and heavy door. Heavy doors prevent sound from passing through. They are excellent soundproofing materials. When purchasing a new door, be sure it does not contain any air gaps.
Video: Install a Laundry Room Door
2. Laundry Windows
|1. Soundproofing blankets||Alternatively, use a soundproofing blanket to cover your windows. Purchase glomerate blankets to put on the curtain rods.|
|2. Acoustic curtains||If your laundry room has windows, another effective way to muffle noise from your appliances is to use acoustic curtains instead of ordinary curtains. While you may be worried about the noise the laundry room emits through the window, the curtains will help absorb the general noise in the room, therefore reducing noise indoors (learn more about How to Reduce Noise from Windows on silencewiki.com).|
3. Laundry Walls
|1. Insulate laundry walls||Check to see whether your walls have any insulation, since this is the ideal place to start. After that, you may cover the walls with mass-loaded vinyl, acoustic foam pads, or even soundproof blankets.
These will insulate the room, absorb soundwaves and vibrations, and keep noise from the laundry room from causing problems elsewhere in the house.
|2. Add more layers||If insulating the walls seems like too much work, adding extra layers to the walls is another option to soundproof the laundry room. There will be echoes in an empty room, especially if there are a lot of vibrations bouncing around. Simply place items from around the house in the laundry room to fill up the area and minimize the amount of empty space.
Build shelves around the perimeter of the room to store boxes, blankets, towels, and other items. The more layers you use, the better the sound reduction will be.
Video: How to Soundproof a Laundry Room Using Mass-Loaded Vinyl
4. Laundry Floor
5. Invest in New Appliances
6. Other Solutions
|1. Anti-vibration pads||Anti-vibration pads for your washing machine are available for your convenience. These aid in the reduction of structural noise- the low vibrating noise from the washer and dryer. These are incredibly inexpensive, and you can get two sets: one for your washer and one for your dryer.|
|2. Corks and towels||You may create your own from corks if you’re on a limited budget or need something quick. Simply trim the corks to fit beneath the washing machine and dryer’s feet. As an alternative, thick fabric (such as towels) can be used as anti-vibration pads.|
|3. Old boxes||Old boxes and other items that are no longer in use can also be used as soundproofing for the walls. Simply stack them in your laundry room and you’re done! If the walls are filled, the sounds from the washing room will be reduced. You are free to stack as much as you like. After all, who else goes in there but your family?|