How to Soundproof a Pool Pump Room

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How to Soundproof a Pool Pump Room
A pool pump room can be noisy, but silencing it is an easy fix. (Swimming pool and pool house image by Jim Mills from

If you have a rather large pool in your backyard, you may have a room which houses its pump and filter system. With a large pool comes a large filtration system, and with a large filtration system comes a lot of operational noise. This loud noise can anger neighbours, annoy you while you're swimming and even bother you once you're dried and inside the house. Soundproofing your pool's pump room is an easy afternoon job, and the resulting silence will be music to your ears.

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Things you need

  • Several panels of acoustic foam
  • Box cutter
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill
  • Phillips head bit
  • 3-inch drywall screws
  • Small ladder

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  1. 1

    Cut several panels of the acoustic foam to the width of the pump room using a box cutter. Although covering each wall in its entirety with the foam will offer best results, several strategically placed segments will work.

  2. 2

    Find studs near the edges of the wall using your stud finder. Mark the locations with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Mount the foam with your electric drill and 3-inch drywall screws, using your pencil marks as a guide.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 2 for the edges of the ceiling and mount the foam. Use a small ladder if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • For a less permanent solution, you can staple the acoustic foam in place. This will not require the location of studs.
  • Avoid sinking the screws too deep, as they will rip through the foam. Screw them in about halfway for best results.

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