Sound insulating: drain pipes and noise from first floor in basement
Hope I did not miss an answer to this elsewhere.
We’re finishing the basement. I’m still framing. I notice that the main plumbing drain is pretty loud when someone flushes a toilet upstairs. I read about using old carpet pad scraps to wrap the drain to insulate it. Seems like a good reuse. Make sense?
Also, planning to install Rockwool Safensound in floor joist bays of first floor AND in walls between basement rooms to keep the main basement room, which will serve as guest room, as quiet as possible. The room abuts the laundry/mechanical room, so will have the safe n sound in that wall too. Will also have weatherstripping on door between guest room and “experimental” space.
In the attached sketch (NOT to scale), the main room has the fan modeled in it.
Planning a drop ceiling, as there are now some good designs and I like being able to access things in the basement ’cause there’s a lot there. Is that better for sound than drywall? I’m an inexperienced drywall DIYer, so drop seems to be a better DIY option.
Since I may be hanging the drywall myself depending upon this pandemic, the idea of doing the ceiling myself with limited experience is daunting. I can already hear myself cursing wildly trying to tape & mud walls, never mind a ceiling.
Thanks for listening, and hope you’re well.
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