Sound pollution: How to control it?

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  • 22nd Apr, 2021

What is sound pollution?

Sound pollution is popularly known as noise pollution. The unwanted or excessive sound may harm the health and wildlife of people and the quality of the environment. Sound pollution is generated by the road and by railways and aircraft as well as by outdoor construction. Commonly found in many industrial facilities as well as in some other workplaces.

Noise pollution, caused by many sources. But some are important here: The most polluting noise in the cities is the traffic noise. For example, 90 dB is made by a car horn and 100 dB is made by a bus. Aircraft fly less across towns than roads, but the impact is higher: a single aircraft produces 130 dB. Construction and parking and road and pavement refurbishment are very noisy. A pneumatic drill, for instance, generates 110 dB. Bars, restaurants, and outside terraces can produce more than 100 dB if the weather is good. Noise from pubs and clubs is included.

Tips to control noise pollution

Noise Suppression at Source:

  1. Design, manufacture, and replacement of noisy ones with quieter machines.
  2. Proper lubrication and improved machine maintenance.
  3. Soundproof chambers for the installation of noisy machines.
  4. Covering machine parts that produce noise and absorbs sound to check the production of noise.
  5. Switch off home and office appliances. We can switch off home and office equipment when not being used as TV, games, computers, etc. Also if we turn them off, we can save electricity.
  6. Shut off the door on loud machines. After turning on dishwashers or washing machines for rooms where it is held. We may shut the door or turn on it before leaving the building. To reduce the overlap between loud noise exposure.

Use Earplugs

The use of earplugs or earmuffs can bring down loud noises to a manageable level. Earplugs are small inserts that fit into our ear canal. And earring fits across the whole outer ear to form an air seal that prevents loud noises in the ears.

Modify your Isolation

If you are looking for effective long-term solutions when addressing noise pollution, it may be worth investing in soundproofing. Sound isolation tests and evaluations can help determine exactly where the sound transmission areas originate from which unwanted noise is caused.

Set the furniture in your Property Strategically

There are ways of reducing noise pollution on your property by strategically placing furniture. For instance, placing big bookshelves or drawers along adjoining walls connecting you to the home of your neighbor. This can contribute to reducing the sound that comes from you and your homes. Besides, when reducing noise in your own home, make sure you keep noisy electrical equipment. As far as possible from your bedroom, including a tumble drier, air conditioning unit, or washing machine, as this helps to increase sleep quality. They give you peace and quiet due to the less noisy atmosphere.

Grow Plant

Planting trees and bushes around your property can contribute to reducing noise, which can be especially useful if you live on busy roads in the urban area. Planting trees can also help improve the air quality in the surrounding area.

Windows Closure

Closing windows in your property are very obvious, but its impact must not be underrated, as it is certainly a cost-effective way of addressing loud external noises, especially if your property uses double or triple glazing.

Construction phases of Sound Insulation

The sound passes by the splits between the door and the wall. To reduce noise, the sound-absorbing material should be packaged in this space (jamb frame gap). Sound insulation may be done by building double or triple glass panes on windows and filling sound-absorbing materials with sound gaps. The noise reduction of walls, ceilings, floors, etc can be reduced by fitting acoustic tiles, hair felt, perforated plywood, etc.. (especially for soundproof recording rooms, etc.)