6 Problems That Can Disturb The Peace & Quiet Of Your Home

Does your every day life disturb the peace you have at home? Compared to the hustle and bustle of the outside world, your home should be a sanctuary – a place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of silence every once in awhile. When your day is spent in a busy office, being able to retreat to a quieter space in the evening is crucial… but for some homeowners, a quiet home can be difficult to achieve.

There are a number of problems that can limit your ability to keep your house as quiet as you would hope to achieve. Below, we’ve identified the six most likely culprits of a too-noisy home, as well as provided the solutions that can allow you to find the peace you need.

1) Pests

Pests are often seen as a problem in terms of hygiene or the aesthetics of your property, but they can also be one of the greatest causes of unwanted noise. Termites and rodents can cause you to hear distracting, irritating scratching sounds in the walls of your home when you’re trying to unwind, while bat sounds late at night and in the early hours of the morning can compromise your ability to enjoy a restorative night of sleep. Even your garden isn’t safe from disruption; raccoons and opossums can disturb your trash cans, causing a huge amount of noise in the process.

If you suspect that any kind of pest may be disturbing your home’s peace, then seeking the advice of a professional pest removal company is the first and most important step when it comes to evicting your unwanted guests. While you can try various DIY pest management techniques, if you want to be sure of results, opting for a pro is always the best choice.

2) Loud laundry machines

Laundry can disturb the peace!
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Laundry machines will always be somewhat noisy, due to the sheer speed they tend to build – but in some cases, the noise can go far beyond the norm. Often, simply closing a door can be helpful to prevent the noise escaping too far into the rest of the house, but you will still likely be able to hear the dreaded thud, thud, thud of the spin cycle in the background – which is far from relaxing and disturb the peace.

To address this issue, consider the age of your machine and how well it is performing; if your washer is otherwise working well, then soundproofing the machine could help to make the noise more manageable. For older machines, or machines that have only recently started to become too noisy to bear, a full professional service may be in order.

3) Noisy neighbors

Whether it’s the sound of a bassline thumping in the distance, or being able to hear every word of a conversation being held a neighboring backyard, noisy neighbors can greatly impact your ability to enjoy a quiet space at home. If you find yourself in this uncomfortable scenario, the most obvious choice is to talk to your neighbors directly – but many homeowners are hesitant to take this step, for fear of appearing rude. Instead, they simply try to cope with the noise as well as possible.

If you, too, would rather not raise the issue with your neighbors, then there are a few ideas you can try to help reduce the sound down to a manageable level. If you share a wall with your neighbors, then adding an extra layer of drywall to the shared partition could be helpful. If you do not share a wall, then erect as many physical barriers between the source of the noise and your home – fences, shrubs, and bushes can all help to dampen sound significantly.

4) Leaky faucets

Leaky faucets are not particularly troublesome in terms of the volume of the noise you may hear; the sound is usually fairly quiet, which should make it easy to dismiss. However, the repetitive nature of a dripping faucet can be extremely irritating and thus disturb your peace when you are at home.

To remedy, you’ll first need to establish if the faucet is actually leaking – it may just be that it has not been completely turned off. If, however, you find that it continues to drip even when you are sure it shouldn’t be, you could try fixing a leaky faucet yourself – the process is far simpler than many people expect, though you can always contact a professional to complete the work if you prefer.

5) Traffic noise

If your property is close to a busy road, then the background hum of traffic noise can be impossible to ignore – especially if, every so often, the hum is pierced by the sound of a blaring horn. Not only is the noise disturbance unpleasant to experience but, according to experts, it could also be hazardous to health.

As we discussed in point three, physical barriers between your home and the source of the noise can be helpful if you have the space. However, as the sound of traffic can continue for hours on end (unlike the intermittent sound noisy neighbors tend to produce), extra reinforcements are usually required, so install double- or triple-paned windows in order to fully dull the roar of traffic.

6) Noises from the house itself

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Thus far, we have focused on how your home’s peace can be disturbed – but what if your home itself is the source of the noise? “Settling” sounds, such as creaking and groaning, can be incredibly common, and if they occur late at night, can make it difficult to get to sleep.

While the occasional noise from your house can usually be dismissed, often, household noises are a sign that something may be amiss in your home’s foundations. As a result, it’s usually best to ask a structural engineer to assess your home and identify if there are any obvious problems. If any issues are identified, then fixing these should resolve the noises. If all is well, then using a white noise machine or a white noise app on your smart speaker is likely to be your best choice.

In conclusion

Your home should be a place that allows you to relax, and eliminating unwanted sound is a huge part of achieving this goal. If you are experiencing any of the problems that disturb the peace as described above, then hopefully the solutions we have presented will allow you to achieve the quiet, restful home you deserve.

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