FAQS About Laundry Room Plumbing Problems

Does your laundry room give you trouble every time you need to run the washing machine? If so, you are not alone. Several homeowners struggle with the same kinds of laundry room plumbing issues. Fortunately, there is always a solution right around the corner. Continue reading to review some of the most frequently asked questions about such plumbing problems, and learn what you need to know about getting your laundry room back in order.

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Why Does Smelly Water Come Up Through the Floor Drain When I Do a Load of Laundry?

When the drain nearest your washing machine seems to overflow with smelly water every time you run a load, it is likely due to a blocked vent or branch line. To determine the actual cause, and to implement a solution, you will need to hire a licensed plumber. If you do not want to jump straight into hiring a professional, you can try to unclog the drain yourself using a drain auger or drain snake.

See our blog, “Choose the Right Auger for Serious Plumbing Clogs” to learn what you need to know about these tools. Whatever you do, do not use a liquid drain cleaner; not only is this ineffective, it can be damaging to your plumbing. Furthermore, if your pipes are made of steel or cast iron, you need to avoid acid-based cleaners, as these will eat through the zinc coating on galvanized pipes, and lead to exponential corrosion.

Why Does My Washing Machine Bubble and Overflow?

One of the top causes for an overflowing washing machine is overloading. Running a cycle that is too big for the machine can cause bubbling, overflows, and decreased efficiency. Another top cause for an overflowing washing machine is too much detergent. Check to ensure you are using the recommended amount of detergent, whether in liquid, powder, granule, or capsule form. Keep in mind that some detergents are concentrated, which means you use significantly less than a conventional product.

If these are not the cause, you will need to hire a licensed plumber to diagnose the issue. It could be due to pump failure, or a clogged drain or sewer line. If you catch your washing machine overflowing or bubbling over, immediately stop the cycle and turn the machine off. If the water is still overflowing, it could be due to a defective water inlet valve or pressure switch. You could also have water pressure issues.

Can I Increase My Energy Efficiency in My Laundry Room?

Yes! All you have to do is make a few small changes to your routine and surrounding environment. For starters, use cold water instead of hot water to wash your loads. The majority of energy a washing machines uses is to heat water, so by using cold cycles, you can save a substantial amount of energy. If you really need to use hot water, consider adjusting your water heater temperature setting to 120 degrees, rather than the default 140 degrees. Also, be sure you are washing full loads, and if you are not washing a full load, be sure to adjust the water settings to avoid wasting too much.

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