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What should I do if my washer drain is clogged? 10 Tips

What should I do if my washer drain is clogged? 10 Tips
This washer drain is clogged and spilled water all over the floor.

Oh no! The washer drain is clogged. What should I do?

This washer drain is clogged and spilled water all over the floor.
This washer drain is clogged and spilled water all over the floor.

Don’t worry! Keep calm. We got this! As your top rated local plumbing team mates, we’re ready with solutions. Give us a call if you’re looking for professional help at 626.448.6455. For the plumbing and drain DIY homeowners, we’ll list some do’s and do not’s down below.

If you’re a homeowner who likes to get their hands dirty, and experiencing a clogged washer drain, it’s essential to address the problem as soon as possible to prevent water damage or overflow.

A number of reasons could cause a washing machine drain can become clogged, including the buildup of lint or debris, foreign objects lodged in the drain, or even a more serious problem with the drain and sewer line system. Let’s get into it.

Here are some steps you can take to clear a clogged washer drain:

Turn off the power

Turn off the power to your washing machine by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. This is crucial for your safety, as you’ll be working with the plumbing system.

Find the drain pipe

Locate the washer drain pipe behind your washing machine. In most cases, it’s a white or black plastic pipe that connects to the back of the machine. Consult your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where to find it.

Check for blockages

Check for visible blockages. Lint and debris buildup is a common cause of washer drain clogs, so start by inspecting the area for any visible blockages. Remove any obstructions using gloves, pliers, or a small brush.

Plumber’s snake

Use a plumber’s snake or a drain auger. If the blockage persists, you can try using a plumber’s snake or a drain auger to break up the clog. Insert the end of the snake into the drain pipe and turn the handle clockwise until you feel resistance. Then, turn it counterclockwise while pulling it out to remove any blockage. If you don’t have a snake or auger, you can purchase one at your local hardware store.

Hot water and vinegar

Try using hot water and vinegar. If you’re not comfortable using a snake or auger or would like to try an alternative method, you can try pouring a mixture of hot water and vinegar down the drain to dissolve the blockage. Combine equal parts of hot water and vinegar and pour the mixture down the drain. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before running a cycle to ensure that the drain is fully unclogged.

Don’t pour chemical drain cleaners into your drain and sewer systems, even if the bottle says it won’t damage pipes, because despite what the labels may say, they can and do damage pipes, as well as melt hair and skin, and they’re a contamination hazard in the home environment.

Power on

Turn the power back on and run a cycle. Once the clog is removed, turn the power back on and run a cycle to ensure that the drain is fully unclogged. Check for any leaks or water overflow during the cycle.

Call a top rated plumber

If you’re unable to clear the clog on your own, it’s best to call a professional plumber. If your washer drain is clogged with a troublesome or tricky obstruction, a top rated local plumber will have the expertise and equipment needed to safely and effectively remove the clog without damaging your pipes.

Hopefully your washer drain is clogged no more, after reading this far. We understand a lot of DIY homeowners are also keen to prevent problems. Like many things in life, a little prevention goes a long way.

Here are some additional tips to prevent future washer drain clogs:

Clean lint trap

Regularly clean the lint trap. Remove any lint buildup from the lint trap after each load of laundry to prevent it from accumulating in the drain pipe. If a washer drain is clogged, nine times out of ten, we find the problem started with the lint trap.

If your lint trap is broken, or even just a little damaged, it’s absolutely essential to replace it! Many washer manufacturers, like Whilrlpool Machine Lint Filter Parts, will offer replacement parts which are easy to install, and cheaper than calling a professional plumber.

Mesh filter drain

Use a mesh filter on the drain. Install a mesh filter over the drain pipe to catch any lint or debris before it enters the plumbing system.

Wash smaller loads

Avoid washing large items. Avoid washing items such as comforters or towels that can create a lot of lint. These items can cause a buildup in the drain pipe over time.

Wash appropriate items

Be mindful of what you put in the washing machine. Avoid washing items that are not meant to be washed, such as toys or shoes. These items can get stuck in the drain and cause a clog.

A clogged washer drain is a common issue that can be resolved with a few simple steps. By following the tips outlined above, you can prevent future clogs and ensure that your washing machine continues to function properly. If you’re unsure about how to proceed or would like professional help, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed plumber.

If you’re looking for a little help because your washer drain is clogged, please don’t hesitate to call us. As top rated local plumbers, ensuring the proper flow of appliance drains is what we do. Think of us as your plumbing expert teammates. This is what we do. Call us anytime at 626.448.6455

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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