Residential Soundproofing, Noise Problems & Noise Abatement

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Testing Floor Samples
On-site testing of different flooring samples for sound transmission characteristics.

Roof Air Conditioners
Checking and correcting improperly soundproofed air conditioners.

Recording studio
How would you like to have this recording studio under your apartment? We forced them to completely rebuild their improperly-soundproofed studio.

There are many sources of noise in residential areas, especially in multiple dwellings and mixed-use buildings. Some of these are caused by the residents themselves, including noise from Stereos, TVs, loud DEP came but
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, footsteps and exercise machines. Mechanical equipment such as air conditioning units, fans and blowers, pumps and elevators is anothercommon source of noise. [Read about a recent case] The operation of a Measurements, like statistics, can be used improperly. Click here to see how this can affect you. commercial business in a residential building, especially one that operates at night such as a bar or restaurant, frequently requires special sound isolation measures. Many residents find street noises objectionable. Some people, such as musicians, make more noise than the average person and may need to keep sound from traveling out of their apartments. Lastly, some dwellings are so poorly isolated from one another that privacy is compromised.

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We can help with all these problems. The first step is to identify the source of the noise, which is often something other than what the client thinks it is. The next step is to measure the noise. The third step is to determine the transmission paths between the source and the listener. We will then write a report to document the problem and design measures to fix it. We can work with your contractor or recommend one to you who is experienced in this type of work.

Expertise and proper measurements can save time, trouble and money.
Read "A Case Study in Two Letters": A cautionary tale of a job done twice and a lawsuit as told in two letters of thanks from a client (finally) enjoying some quiet.

In code compliance cases we can determine if the noise is within legal limits. If it is not, our report can be a powerful bargaining chip to convince the building management (or the owner of the noise source) to correct the problem. Should they remain unwilling to do so, we can provide expert witness testimony in court on your behalf.

Perhaps you think your problem is unusual? Even unsolvable? You might be surprised. Our Job Types page has a sampling of the kinds of problems we have tackled in the past.

Renovations & Noise Control Testing

For certain kinds of new construction and renovation, the DEP will require Noise Control Tests (also called Decibel Tests or Noise Tests). Co-op and condo boards have their own rules and they are becoming increasingly aware of noise problems. Noise Testing may be required for a renovation plan to be approved. We can perform the standard tests for Impact Noise (FIIC) and Airborne Noise (FSTC) transmission and give recommendations to head off problems in the planning stage, rather than after the construction is done.

Please visit our Testimonial Letters page, which includes letters from Residential Clients.

Floor Detail
By checking the smallest details, we are able to point out to this contractor how to make the floor more soundproof to the baby's room below
Air Conditioner Photo
This air conditioner is quiet inside, but the outside half caused neighbor noise complaints. We guided the condo management through the repair process.
Pumps in Residential Bldg.
The pumps installed over our client's bedroom were soundproofed improperly. By pointing out the violations in the Noise Code and Building Code, we convinced the building management to reinstall the equipment. The result was a 13 decibel drop of sound, which is a major improvement.
Sound System Rack
By documenting the amplifier settings and wiring using photos like this one, we were able to show that the Club owners were attempting to pull a fast one during a court-ordered sound test. The Court shut down the Club, much to the delight of the upstairs neighbors.