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When a Washing Machine Floods: What a Mess!
Water all over the floor? Problems with your washing machine drain pipe? I've lived in several old houses and dealing with overflows from my washing machine has always been a struggle. Our current house was built in 1972, and the overflow from the washing machine drain pipe was our first major homeowner disaster.
If you've struggled with this plumbing problem, I'm going to give you some ideas for solving it.
What Makes a Washing Machine Overflow?
I suppose we should have paid more attention to the patched plaster on the wall behind the washing machine when we bought the house. That was a clear sign that overflow from the drain pipe had happened to previous owners. A few months after we moved
in, water started overflowing everywhere during the drain cycle of the washer and we realized we had a real problem.
Older houses like ours were built when washers were smaller and didn't require as big of a pipe to drain them. Today's extra large capacity washers use more water and spit it out faster. The result? The pipe that the washer drains into can get overwhelmed and overflow all over the floor.
Even if you have a low water use washer, you can have this problem if lint from the wash clogs up the drain. That's what happened to us. We would get the drain cleaned out, and everything would be fine for a while. Then, just when I was overloaded with laundry from three preschoolers, there would be another messy disaster all over the floor.
Fix Washing Machine Overflow with Sink
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