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Washer Drain Hoses – Do’s & Don’ts

 

Don’t get stuck in wash or rinse

 

Recently a friend called asking if I knew why his new washer would never fill, or get stuck in rinse cycle, as the water just kept running out of it.

Well it turns out that the guys who delivered the washer did not install the drain hose properly. They had just laid the drain hose on the floor next to the floor drain.

When this happens, the water will just drain right through the washer tub and drain pump and out of the washer never filling.

 

Improper Floor Hose Drainage

Laying the washer drain hose on the ground can cause water to siphon endlessly in wash, rinse, or spin cycles.

 

Most newer homes have the washer drain located next to the washer water supply hook up, at the appropriate height.

 

Proper Washing Machine Configuration for Drainage

This is the proper hook up and installation of the washer water supply hoses and washer drain hose.

 

The drain hose most be raised approximately 3 feet off of the ground; this allows gravity to not allow the water flow into the floor drain until the washer drain pump is activated to drain the washer.

In older homes the washer drain may not be as simple as in newer homes. A lot of times there might be a “Stand Pipe” stropped to the wall. This usually is PVC plumbing pipe that stands approximately 3 feet above the floor level, with an elbow at floor level leading to the floor drain.

Alternative Washing Machine Hose Drainage

If a washing machine drain pipe is not an option, consider attaching the drain hose to a laundry tub.

Option “B” if a stand pipe is not available, is to run the washer drain hose over to a nearby laundry sink. Which is typically high enough to avoid the washer from siphoning the water out.

The One time you want to lay the washer drain hose on the floor:

Should you washer drain pump fail, and you need to get the water out of the washer. As long as there is no obstruction in the drain pump, you can lay the drain hose on the floor next to the floor drain to drain the washer.
 

BE PREPARED, AS THERE CAN BE A LARGE RUSH OF WATER COMING OUT DUE TO THE PRESSURE FROM THE WATER IN THE WASHER.

 

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