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July 28, 2009

Soundproofing a Bathroom

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It’s not as common as you might think for an individual to want to soundproof his or her bathroom. There are, however, many cases in which bathroom noise really is disturbing. Imagine, for example, that you work a night shift and arrive home to go to bed around the same time the rest of the house is getting ready to start the day. The sounds of toilets flushing, lids slamming shut, showers running, and kids fighting over who gets in next may suddenly be a bit more bothersome than you had originally anticipated.

If you live in an average home you already know that there isn’t much room in your bathroom to begin with> This means soundproofing is actually a little easier than you might expect because you won’t have as much area to cover. It won’t be easy to float your walls but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a sound proof room in the end. You’ll just have to be a little more creative about what you do.

If, by chance, you are completely remodeling your bathroom and plan to gut the entire space than you’ll find the project to be relatively easy. You’ll be able to get into the walls, seal the joists with gasket tape, and add some Green Glue between a couple of thin layers of drywall. You may, if you like, even choose to soundproof the pipes themselves while you have the walls open, but this step isn’t necessary.

You may not be planning to gut the entire bathroom and that is OK as well. In this case you’ll simply want to use Green Glue to buffer between a second layer of thin drywall, applied directly over top of the drywall you already have in place. Seal the seams with acoustical caulk, repaint or apply new wallpaper, and you’ll have a soundproof bathroom in less than a day.

By the way – don’t forget to check your bathroom door. If it’s a thin, flimsy door (as most bathroom doors are) you may want to consider replacing it with something solid or filled with insulation to finish off your new look!

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