Content of the material
- How Late Can You Play Loud Music?
- 4. Use acoustic drywall
- Other ways we can help
- 2. Criminal remedies
- What if Your Neighbors are Disturbing You With Loud Music?
- 1. Speak to Your Neighbors
- 2. Call the Police
- 3. Report Neighbor to the Local Council
- 4. Soundproof Your House
- 5. Use Ear Protection
- 6. Play Sound-Masking Sounds Yourself
- Your Neighbor’s Bass Is Too Loud? Try Soundproofing
- Noisy neighbours taking part in mediation
- Mediation involves the following:
- 4. Work on Your Walls
- Install Bass Traps
- Install Acoustic Foam Panel
- Use Green Glue to Add Another Layer of Drywall
- 1. Fill the gaps
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How Late Can You Play Loud Music?
It varies from country to country due to different laws and regulations, but based on laws in the United States and the United Kingdom, you can’t play loud music between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
However, other countries have different rules, while some don’t have any rules at all when it comes to playing loud music. But according to my research, I believe that in most Western countries, your noise level should be kept low between the aforementioned hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
4. Use acoustic drywall
If you do need to add more drywall to the structure, then it might be worth using acoustic drywall. Normal drywall is made of two sheets sandwiched together, whereas acoustic drywall has extra soundproofing materials in the middle.
Typically this extra layer will be something like MLV, which we know is effective at soundproofing. Similarly, the drywall itself can often be specifically for soundproofing projects and therefore is denser than normal drywall.
Different brands will build their acoustic drywall differently, and by extension will have different thicknesses for their products. I wouldn’t recommend going any thinner than 30mm (1 inch) as anything thinner won’t give you the level of soundproofing you need to block out loud music from next door.
Acoustic drywall can simply be screwed to the surface below it, meaning you could add it over all the other layers, or directly on to the existing wall. Bear in mind that it’s more expensive than normal drywall, and will be slightly harder to source.
Other ways we can help
2. Criminal remedies
When a neighbor’s music is too loud, a resident can call the Las Vegas non-emergency police line: 311. Then a police officer would be dispatched to deal with the neighbors. Often police will give them only a warning at first in the hopes that the neighbors will willingly turn down the volume (a “voluntary abatement”).
Alternatively, the resident can file a “code enforcement complaint” with the Clark County Public Response Office (PRO). The resident can make the complaint either by calling (702) 455-4191 or filing online. A PRO official would then investigate the matter and warn the neighbor to quiet down.
If the music is coming from a short-term rental house, the city of Las Vegas has a dedicated hotline that residents can call: (702) 229-3500.
If the situation becomes untenable, residents can also consider filing a police report with the LVMPD against the noisy neighbors for either:
- breaching the peace under NRS 203.010,
- nuisance under NRS 202.450,
- noise pollution under Las Vegas Municipal Code 9.16.050, and/or
- noise pollution from portable audio equipment under Clark County Code 12.40.030
Metro would then investigate the report and determine whether to bring charges against the neighbor. If the police press charges for either breach of peace or criminal nuisance, the neighbors would face the following misdemeanor penalties:
- up to 6 months in jail, and/or
- up to $1,000 in fines
If the police press charges for noise pollution, the neighbor could also be prosecuted for a misdemeanor. The penalty carries no jail, but the fines increase which each successive citation:
- $50 for a first offense;
- $100 for a second offense;
- $250 for all successive offenses
What if Your Neighbors are Disturbing You With Loud Music?
One of the worst feelings ever can occur when you’re trying to get some sleep, but are woken up by the loud music being played next door. Sleep is essential to your health and well-being, so if you find that you’re unable to sleep due to loud music, then it’s best to take action in one or more of the following six ways.
1. Speak to Your Neighbors
Have a talk with your neighbors about the loud noise coming from their place, and politely ask them to lower the volume. Many neighbors will happily turn their music down once they know it’s affecting you.
Sometimes your neighbors may not be aware that their music is too loud, and that it’s affecting the whole neighborhood, so letting them know politely is often the best course of action to take.
However, if a neighbor is being difficult after you ask them to turn their music down gently, you’ll need to move on to another method of solving the problem.
2. Call the Police
If a neighbor is being too difficult and the noise level is getting out of hand, then the best step you can take is to call the police. Police officers are usually more than happy to come by and help, and they’ll solve the problem in no time.
If you’re afraid to call the police because you don’t want your neighbors to find out, then it’s important to call anonymously, use a phone booth or even let the cops know that you’d prefer to stay anonymous for your own safety.
3. Report Neighbor to the Local Council
If you don’t want to get the cops involved, but still want to take action, then the best idea is to report your noisy neighbor to your local council. Make sure that you briefly explain your problem and the action you took.
You also have the ability to report a disturbing noise problem through the website for your local authorities. All you’ll need to do is conduct a simple Google search for your local authority’s name, and make the complaint.
4. Soundproof Your House
I only recommend this method if you have some cash to spend, and if the loud noise continues after you’ve tried all the steps above.
If you’re wondering how much work it’ll take to properly soundproof your home, it actually won’t require much time at all, and you won’t need the help of an expert to get the job done.
You can start by purchasing a soundproof curtain for the windows, adding another layer of drywall by using green glue, and getting a door sweep and weatherstripping to close off any gaps in the doors and windows.
5. Use Ear Protection
If you think calling the cops is a bad idea, another thing you can do is invest in some ear protection, such as a pair of earplugs or a set of earmuffs. Here are some ear protection products I recommend.
6. Play Sound-Masking Sounds Yourself
If none of the methods above work (but I know at least one will!) you can purchase a white noise machine. Playing the white noise of your choice can be an effective way to mask disruptive sounds that intrude on your peace and quiet.
Your Neighbor’s Bass Is Too Loud? Try Soundproofing
Before calling the cops or filing a complaint against your neighbor for playing the bass, you might want to try soundproofing your apartment. Check the table below to see some soundproofing techniques:
|Soundproofing Technique||How It Works|
|Hanging soundproofing curtains and blankets||The best way to reduce the impact of a loud bass is to block the noise from outside by covering all air gaps. Curtains and blankets from the soundproofing materials are the best options for covering your doors and windows|
|Putting draft stoppers under the door foot||Another way to cover air gaps and prevent the sound and vibrations from coming into your apartment is by placing draft stoppers under the foot of your door. This will help you cover the gap between the door and the floor. Draft stoppers are one of the cheaper soundproofing solutions|
|Installing dampening door seals||Installing dampening door seals is the cheapest and one of the most highly effective ways to soundproof your apartment. They are easy to install and nearly unnoticeable|
|Soundproofing floors and ceilings||If noisy neighbors live above or below you, the best way to reduce the sound and vibrations is to soundproof your floors and ceilings. You can do that by placing heavy rugs on the floor or installing soundproofing curtains and blankets or acoustic foam on the ceiling|
|Placing acoustic foam on the walls||Acoustic foam panels can absorb all bass vibrations that pass through walls. They are specifically designed for music rooms, but you can also get them for your apartment. Besides absorbing the bass vibrations, acoustic foam panels improve home acoustics by softening all sound inside the house or apartment|
|Using bass traps||Acoustic foam bass traps capture all the noise going through the wall. You can place them in the corners of your apartment to absorb vibrations and low-frequency sound coming from your neighbor’s bass|
Noisy neighbours taking part in mediation
Sound proofing aside, if you have talked to your neighbours about noise problems and nothing you say seems to work, another route the council might recommend is mediation. Mediation can be a particularly good choice if you have completely fallen out with your neighbours or if you are in other disputes with them.
Mediation involves the following:
- A professionally trained mediator will set up a meeting with you and your neighbour.
- The meeting will often be at a neutral location.
- The aim is to help your neighbour understand your point of view, and vice versa.
- Mediators will also suggest specific compromises and ways to remedy the problem.
- Mediation is government funded but does not involve the law.
- Mediation is free, and is often successful.
- However, it is voluntary, so your neighbour will have to want to go.
4. Work on Your Walls
Now, since your walls are already built it makes it harder to soundproof but if you do the following things, you will drastically reduce the bass noise vibration and high-frequency sound waves.
Install Bass Traps
If you don’t know what bass traps are, This article should help you learn more about bass traps. Bass traps are great because they will absorb the low-frequency waves. So if your neighbor plays music with big subwoofers then these will help absorb some of that bass.
Install Acoustic Foam Panel
Acoustic foam panels are the spongy-like objects that are often used to cut down and reduce echoes, reverbs and unwanted sounds, you often see these in music studios or environment where the place is acoustically treated. Acoustic foam panels won’t completely cut down the loud sounds from your neighbors but will significantly cut it down.
Use Green Glue to Add Another Layer of Drywall
The most effective thing you can do to your already existing walls is to add an extra layer of drywall and by combining that with green glue that equals magic, green glue is great and most people recommend it since it does the job of reducing unwelcomed sounds and noises, click here to see green glue review I recently wrote.
1. Fill the gaps
As the following solutions involve adding things to the wall, it’s best to start by working on the base surface. I’d recommend treating the original wall first, and while this won’t make the biggest difference to noise pollution levels, it’ll make enough of a difference to justify doing it.
The first step is to fill any gaps in the wall, as sound waves can leak through even the tiniest gaps. Think of soundproofing like waterproofing (or heat insulation), as all 3 follow the same basic principles.
On a brick wall, gaps might be due to the house settling, or from fixing things to the wall. On drywall, it can be as simple as covering the joins between panels, or fixing any possible gaps around the edges.
The best thing to use for this is acoustic sealant. The major brand is Green Glue (see it on Amazon), which has become a universal term for most acoustic sealants. The benefit of this product over normal sealant is that it remains elastic, which improves its soundproofing properties.
Green Glue Noiseproofing Sealant
The easiest way to work with the product is to squeeze some into the gap and then smooth it off with a knife. Unlike normal sealant, the elasticity of this product makes it basically impossible to sand when dry, so I’d recommend getting it as smooth as possible while it’s still wet.
This stage is also a good time to locate any weak points on the wall, particularly as you’ll be getting up close and personal with it. Weak points should receive a bit of extra treatment in the later stages of the project.