Though washing machines were invented to make to life easier, one that does not drain can go a long way toward greatly complicating life instead.
The most likely culprits, among other things, are the drain pan, drain pump, drain hose or drain pipe. Homeowners should take steps toward both prevention and cure by following some no-nonsense steps.
With the first hint of any drain problems you should have the washing machine’s drain line snaked by a plumber. If there are signs of any backups in other areas of the home you should probably have the main drain snaked as well. To maximize prevention, especially if you have recently purchases or moved into an older home, you should snake as a matter of course.
One of the common mistakes is the overlooking of specifications of thewashing machine drain pipe. The drain or flow rate of your washer will depend on the make or model. If you have recently remodeled an area of your home to accommodate your washing machine, for example, you should make certain that the drain pipe is of sufficient diameter width.
The same considerations should be taken with the drain itself. If you live in an older home actual opening of the drain and obviously the mouth of the drain pipe may only measure 1 1/2″ in diameter. Because of increased flow rates of newer machines, drain diameters are now regularly 2″ in diameter. If you fear potential overflows you might consider the purchase of a tub for your laundry room. This tub temporarily retains the water that could potentially overflow and allows the pipe to successfully drain regardless of the washing machine’s flow rate.
Simple measures like checking the drain hose can help you prevent or fix problems. First make sure that rubber your drain hose is not old or brittle. Regular changing of the drain hose is highly recommended. When you do inspect or replace your washing machine’s drain hose, make certain that the “U” in the hose that goes into the drain pipe is of sufficient strength. The “U” shape itself reduces the velocity of the water that is exiting the washing machine so as to facilitate proper drainage and minimize overflows.
In addition to the above checks and repairs it would be wise install a drain pan. The washing machine sits inside the pan. The pan protects the floor from any small leaks by serving as a catch basin. Drain pans are especially important for indoor laundry rooms or closets and doubly important for upstairs facilities.
You should use these safety checks as a general rule of thumb. They can help you avoid far more costly repairs in the long run. Make sure all your washing machine drain problems are minimized or ones that you prevent from happening in the first place.