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Why You Should Soundproof Your Sewer Pipe

Jun 3rd 2015 at 3:49 AM

Learn about how to keep your privacy, dignity and good night's sleep by soundproofing your sewer pipes.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because of a toilet flushed in your neighbor's house? Even a simple, harmless act such as washing hands can have a similar effect. Yes, sewer pipes can get surprisingly loud if proper measures aren't taken. Enter soundproofing for your drainpipes. This procedure has several benefits.

First of all, the obvious advantage of soundproofing is that much of the noise that your pipes usually generate will be muffled. Stopping sound is also coupled with eliminating vibrations, so that any uncomfortableness that you may have felt due to the constant ringing in your ears will go away.

If you are living in an apartment with thin walls, noise is also frequently tied to privacy concerns. Soundproofing the pipes can help you keep your dignity. No neighbor needs to know how often you go to the toilet every day! Also, if there have been complaints due to noise from the sewers, you will be able to provide peace of mind for both parties by eliminating the root cause of the problem.

The best part of soundproofing is that there are so many methods to it, with varying price ranges and time investments. Plumbing specialists can check your sewer to see which procedure might work the best for you. For example, they could recommend that you replace your old drainpipes altogether, as some materials are naturally more prone to generate noise than others. Plastic pipes made of PVC or ABS are less expensive and easier to join, but cast iron pipes are known to be much quieter.

Another method of reducing noise is insulating the pipes. Sound-absorbing foams or spray foam insulation are often used for this purpose. Depending on your budget and how well the material fits your particular pipes, the plumbers will give you different recommendations. This option has the added advantage of saving energy and money, as insulation can raise water temperature by several degrees.

In cases in which your pipes are already quite silent and nothing additional can be done, plumbers may suggest that you change the route of your pipes. For instance, if you are constantly disturbed in your sleep because of the sloshing sounds, pipes could be directed past the closet space instead of through your bedroom.

It is natural for some noise to occur as water flows through the pipes. However, you can contain noise substantially if you use the right material for soundproofing. Because every pipe is different, it is best to call your local plumber and schedule a service. To learn more about a sewer repair contractor in Escondido, visit the website.

Author Bio

Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Livejournal blog.

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