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Woman is frustrated after her new neighbours wake up her son with the sound of their washing machine

Do YOU think 10.30pm is too late to do the laundry? Furious mother says her neighbours’ ‘horrendously loud’ washing machine wakes up her son – but is told it’s ‘normal household noise’

  • Anonymous British mother said her neighbour’s washing machine was too loud  
  • Took to Mumsnet to complain about them using the appliance at 10.30pm 
  • She said it was ‘horrendously loud’ and had woken up her young sleeping son  
  • Many other users said she should confront her neighbours about the noise level  

A British mother has revealed her anger after her neighbours woke up her son by using their washing machine late at night.

Posting anonymously on Mumsnet, the woman, from the UK, explained the people who recently moved into the property next door have been disturbing her household by using their washing machine at around 10.30pm.

She said the ‘horrendously loud’ noise has woken up her son and it isn’t the first time they’ve had sound problems since living in their home. 

Responses to the post were torn over whether she should complain about the washing machine or try to sound proof her house – as she admitted to falling out with the previous neighbours over their noise. 

A British mother has revealed her anger after her neighbours woke up her son by using their washing machine late at night (file image) 

The woman explained that her husband believes talking to the new neighbours about their volume could cause problems.

She revealed: ‘So new neighbours moved in a few weeks ago and have started putting on a late wash that spins at about 10:30 at night. 

‘The problem is that the walls between our houses are ridiculously thin and the spin cycle sounds like a chinook helicopter is inside our house. Last night it woke my son up, it really is horrendously loud.

‘We didn’t get on well with the previous neighbours and two separate attempts at asking them to keep the noise down (they really were noisy and had no consideration at all) was met with utter contempt and made them worse, so my husband thinks we shouldn’t say anything to these new neighbours because he feels it won’t actually achieve anything, whereas I feel it might be worth a try. 

Posting on Mumsnet, the woman, who lives in the UK, explained she fell out with her previous neighbours because of their noise

Posting on Mumsnet, the woman, who lives in the UK, explained she fell out with her previous neighbours because of their noise 

She went on to ask her fellow users if she should ignore it or whether she should say something about how thin the walls are.  

Many responses to the post urged the woman to ignore her husband’s suggestion and raise her concerns about the noise.

One person wrote: ‘I’d get round there and tell them you had problems with the previous noisy neighbours and you’re not going to take any c*** from them either. You’ve sort it once and you’ll do it again. Don’t let these people walk all over you OP.’ 

Another commented: ‘It’s a perfectly reasonable request so you need to gauge if they are reasonable people. There’s a good chance they don’t know how annoying it it.

A stream of responses to the post advised the woman to speak to her new neighbours because they may not be aware of the disturbance

A stream of responses to the post advised the woman to speak to her new neighbours because they may not be aware of the disturbance 

‘I grew up in detached houses and so had no idea of the issues noise from neighbours can cause. I would have wanted to know if I was bothering my neighbours.’ 

However, others argued the woman is being unreasonable and should focus on soundproofing her house.

‘If you cannot tolerate normal household noise, then you will need to arrange to have your side of the wall soundproofed or move to a detached property,’ one wrote. 

‘This also applies to other normal household noises such as TV sounds, conversations, door closing, children crying/ playing, hoovering etc. If you live in a house with a shared wall, you will hear the people next door and it would be unreasonable to expect them to curtail normal living to accommodate you. 

‘One wash, finished by 10.30pm is normal living. That’s basically putting a wash on when you get home from work.’ 

Others argued the woman should focus on sound proofing her home or try to move somewhere quieter

Others argued the woman should focus on sound proofing her home or try to move somewhere quieter 

Another said: ‘10.30 is not late as people have said by the time you get in from work and put a load on it’s near enough that time when it’s finished.

‘I regularly put a load on before bed and swap it over when I get up.’ 

‘Daily living noise is acceptable and it’s something you will have to get used to. It’s not antisocial to wash your clothes. Having music booming out in the early hours is a different matter. But even then at 10.30 I wouldn’t say anything.’  

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