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Is Your Laundry Drain Overflowing?

Tired of your laundry drain overflowing and back flowing every now and then? There’s no need to worry as we have a guide to solving these problems.

A malfunctioning laundry drain is a commonly faced problem by homeowners.

Pipes and drains start to overflow for various reasons, the most common ones being blockage and clogging. If the water pools around your washing machine for too long, then chances are that it will cause irreparable damage to the machine.

Avoiding an annoying puddle of water around the machine is essential and relatively easy. With the proper knowledge, you would be able to eliminate any unwanted blockage in the pipe that can otherwise lead to overflowing or backflow.

This guide will take you through all you need to do to stop the laundry drains from overflowing effectively. We will discuss preventative measures and what can be done if the situation has already gotten worse.

So, without any more delay, let’s dive right in!

Reasons Behind An Overflowing Laundry Drain

Before you can know how to fix an overflowing washing machine drain, you must figure out the main causes. If you identify the causes early, then the chances are that you will be able to fix them at the right time.

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1. Overloading

This problem arises when the pipe is too narrow for the load. Put, sometimes it so happens that the pipe is insufficient to drain the entire volume of water that the washing machine discharges.

In some extreme scenarios, the machine’s drainage hose may go too deep into the drainpipe. As a result, it gets difficult for the wastewater to drain correctly.

2. Clogging Or Blockage

Remember that when water comes out of the washing machine, it is not just water but many other stuff. This discarded water is filled with grime, dirt, and, most importantly, soap scum.

The waste accumulates with use and eventually slows down the water passage. And you will soon see that it will start creating back pressure and make the discarded water flow backwards. But don’t worry because a clogged or a blocked drainpipe is avoidable when you take corrective measures.

Ways To Stop Laundry Drains From Overflowing

The ways to fix laundry drain blockages are multiple. Some methods are long-term solutions, and sometimes they are more temporary. You can go for a DIY solution, a cheap alternative, or call a professional plumber who can better fix the situation.

On that note, let’s take a look at all the methods.

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Permanent/ Long Term Solutions

1. Replacing The Pipes

One of the best ways to deal with malfunctioning washing machine drains is to prevent items from causing blockages. Or you can replace your laundry drains with new ones. Older buildings often have outdated pipes that are not suitable to handle the modern water load.

You should consult a professional plumber whenever you think of replacing the pipe. They are best suited to tell you what kind of problems are present in the pipes. If there are major problems, the plumbers might need to look behind the walls and find ways to replace the pipes.

Calling a plumber to help you is indeed an expensive affair. But once you get it done, rest assured that the problem will not crop up anytime soon.

2. Changing The Washing Machine

When compared to new models, old models often release more water. When the pipes are insufficient to handle this heavy water flow, there’s always a chance of backflow.

Don’t worry; there is a way out of this problem! Change your old washing machine and get your hands on a new, more efficient one. High-end machines are not only efficient in preventing backflow, but they also prevent water wastage.

Although it might seem like a hefty investment initially, you will be able to conserve money and water in the long run.

3. Installing A Laundry Sink

Sometimes, laundry drains get blocked when you hand wash items like shoes and clothes. So, we’d suggest installing a dedicated laundry sink to tackle the load.

It prevents the drain from overflowing, but it also performs a range of other functions. To further enhance its utility, you can even place a lint catcher at the end of the hose to prevent blockages. This one-time investment would prevent you from paying for the hourly service of your plumber.

Temporary/ Short Term Solutions

1. Using A Drain Snake

When dealing with a blockage manually, it is best to use a drain snake. And finding a good one on the market would not be a challenging task. The task of a drain snake is to snake through a clogged pipe and clear the blockage manually.

You will need to keep inserting the drain snake into the laundry pipe until you face some resistance, where the block is located. Once you find it, keep turning it and tugging on it to ensure that the residues come out and the blockage is cleared.

We’d suggest using the drain snake frequently and not waiting for the problem to arise. If you keep cleaning it regularly, the issue of blockage won’t take place. And this, in turn, would prevent the chances of an overflow.

2. Lint Catcher

Every homeowner has faced the problem of lint clogging different pipes in the house, especially the laundry pipes. Hence, using a garment or lint bag. Or better yet, installing a lint catcher can be a good idea to keep the problem in check before the problem gets any worse.

Lint catchers come in various forms, such as metal and fabric mesh, and you can choose what you like. Remember to clean them regularly to ensure that they are free from any lint residues to ensure that the drain does not overflow.

3. Enzymes

If lint catchers and drain snakes are not enough, another thing that can help you deal with a clog is using a suitable enzyme. Lint catchers are good for eliminating the lint, but to get rid of the soap scum, it is essential to use enzymes at least once a month for effective unclogging.

You can put to use multiple enzymes, but the most common ones that homeowners use are Bioclean, Flo-zyme, and Zep. This is more of a preventive measure, and when done regularly, can keep your drains from clogging frequently.

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Stopping The Laundry Drain From Overflowing

With that, it is a wrap for today!

After reading this guide, we hope that you will better understand how to deal with blocked laundry drains. Time is of the essence here, and we recommend that you resolve the issue as fast as possible to prevent it from worsening.

Handling an overflowing laundry drain will become pretty straightforward with the proper techniques and tools. But contacting a plumber is better if the issue worsens or you don’t have much experience with DIY repairs.

If you have any further queries, write to us in the comments section below. And keep a watch on this space for more exciting reads.

Until next time, adios!

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