When you get home from work, you start to think about all the chores that need to be done. After the children have gone to bed for an afternoon, you get up and start washing their clothes. You start to prepare the washer and then you throw in the clothes. You check the laundry basket in your bedroom before you start the washer to ensure there aren’t any more dirty clothes. You add a few t-shirts to the pile, and then you throw them in. Finally, you turn on the washer. You go into your living area to catch up on TV. You suddenly hear a strange noise coming from your laundry room. You can see the washing machine’s sudsy water all over the room when you enter it.
Have you ever experienced this? It’s awful! While your kids may have fun with the sudsy water, you must clean up the mess. Your overflowing washer has nothing to do with a blockage. Problem is in the machine!
Why is there an Overflow?
The drainpipe in an older house could be the problem. Older houses are equipped with smaller pipes that don’t have enough capacity to drain water. The pipes can clog if you have a new washing machine. The good news is that overflowing water won’t cause a huge mess since most people have separate laundry rooms or keep the machine in the basement. The washing machine’s water can leak and cause mold.
Water overflowing can be caused by a buildup of lint on the drain hose or a faulty connection to the hose.
- You will notice a ball of dirt in the drain line’s hose pipe if you don’t clean it regularly. This can block the water from draining, and in fact cause the water to escape from the hose.
- You can move your washer forward to inspect the hose connection. Is there any leakage in the pipe? Are the pipes bent in an unnatural way? Replace the pipe immediately if you find any problems.
Washing a large load
Overfilling the washer can cause water to boil. In a rush, you may add more detergent to the washer. Another problem is an overflowing washer. The suds build up too high in the water and then slowly trickle down. This creates more mess than water.
What you need to do
Turn off the washer’s power. The dryer will begin if you press the cancel button. This will increase the likelihood of the washer overflowing. Then empty the washer and clean up any water. Call professional cleaning services if the damage is severe.
Installing a standpipe will prevent this from happening again. The water from the drain will be able to flow into the sewage line. This will reduce the mess.