Do You Live Under a Flight Path?

We frequently write about the plans that large airports have for soundproofing homes with a few blocks of their airports. What most people don’t realize, however, is that the people who have moved into these homes didn’t pick up their phones, complain about the noise, and get added to a list. Many of them had to rally together and spent years fighting the airports and their local municipalities in order to force the airports to take action.

So what can you do if you suddenly find yourself under an airline flight path? The first thing you should do is to call the airport, especially if you are suddenly experiencing a lot of noise that you weren’t before. Every airline has to make sure that they are flying at certain altitudes at certain hours of the day. Perhaps these simple guidelines aren’t being met and airport management can have the problem corrected.

Most airports will send someone out to check your home during the normal time you have issues because they want to make you happy. The happier you are the less likely you are to rally with your neighbors or contact the media. Airlines hate bad press and they’ll usually do what they can to avoid it, especially if it means having to spend millions soundproofing an entire neighborhood as a result.

Unfortunately, the length of time it will take a neighborhood to convince an airport to take soundproofing measures is rather unrealistic. In the meantime, you may need to start thinking about ways to sound proof your home on your own. Here are a few things to consider to reduce some of that noise:

  • Install an extra layer of drywall over the existing panels with a layer of Green Glue in between, at least in your bedrooms. This will help to block some of the external noise in your environment.
  • Consider installing soundproof windows.
  • Check your doors to make sure they’re all properly sealed and, if you need to, add a heavier external door to your home.

These are just a few suggestions for protecting yourself from flight path noise. If the airport refuses to cooperate and you can’t soundproof on your own you may need to consider moving but consider that a last resort. In the meantime, make as many modifications as you can and hopefully the airport will come through and help you and your neighbors soundproof your homes sooner rather than later.

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