Laundry Drain Clogged?

Other than the bathroom, the laundry room is the one place in a home that uses the most water. Washing machines can hold 40 gallons (or 151 litres) of water. So when they don’t drain properly it is a problem.

Why do Laundry Drains Clog?

Washing machines and laundry sinks are often the site of nasty cleaning. This leads to all sorts of foreign and dirty things washing down the drain system. Also consider that many people forget about change and scrapes of paper in their pockets. So to sum it up the main causes of clogs in laundry rooms are:

  • Lint
  • Dirt
  • Loose Threads
  • Mud
  • Other food or dirt particles

How do I Fix It?

  1. Unhook the pipe or hose connection to the main drain in the back of the machine.
  2. Snake the drain with a large hand auger.
  3. Crank the line until you don’t feel any resistance. This may take more than 1 pass.
  4. Flush the drain with water to see if the problem was solved.
  5. If it doesn’t help you may need to consider there might be something wrong with the machine.
  6. Never be afraid of calling a professional. Better to have the work done right, then a botched job that will lead to calling the guy anyway.

What Could be Wrong with the Machine?

Well it could be that parts of the machine could be worn out. Or it could be the clog is in one of the components. The Drain Tube is the line that allows the water to leave the machine. The way to test that part is to blow some air into it and if the air flows freely then it is clear.

Another thing to consider is the pump on the machine could be bad. When dealing with pumps just call a professional and have the part replaced.

Whether the problem is the machine or the drain; simply pinpointing the problem can be helpful. Be prepared for a little elbow grease and a lot of gunk. But once your drain has been cleared you can get back to the load of towels you’ve been putting off..