Easy Fixes to Create Quiet in the House

You long to live the quiet life. Yet the greatest hurdle to reaching your dream is, ironically, your very own home. Whether it’s enclosed by noisy neighbors and street traffic, or is itself the cause of your noise problem with knocking pipes and thin interior walls, your escape from the madding crowds isn’t working as you desire. And you would like a remedy, ideally as soon as possible.”

color illustration of a little girl looking in a door looking at an out-of-control washing machine for the this old house gallery "Quiet in the House!"

The washer pounds out a syncopated beat you could dance to. Restore peace and quiet in your home with the noise reduction tips below.

The Fix: If you’re not overloading the machine or creating unbalanced loads (mixing sheets and towels, for instance), check for level and adjust the feet as necessary. If that house noise solution doesn’t fix the problem, put your washer on antivibration pads (such as those made by Derens, available at homedepot.com) to keep it from moving across the floor. If the machine is in a cabinet, apply stick-on rubber bumpers to the inside walls where the machine bumps it, to muffle the impact…

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