Over time, your washing machine drain will accumulate soap scum, dirt, lint and other particles that will clog the system. The problem with these sediments is that they stick to the walls of the drain pipe, grow and block the flow of wastewater. And when clogs occur in the system, you won’t be able to use your washing machine. Fortunately, it is not difficult to fix such a problem. Here’s a DIY guide on how to unclog a washer drain properly.
1. Inspect your washing machine and locate its drain hose. You can find it under or at the back of the washer. When you find it, you have to disconnect the drain hose from the main drain pipe. Do this carefully so that you won’t damage the hose.
2. When you can already access the main drain pipe, prepare your drain cleaner. Choose a cleaning agent that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals which could eventually damage the pipes. Choose carefully to avoid making the problem any worse. Read the manufacturer’s directions on the label and strictly follow it. Let the cleaning agent sit inside the pipe for as long as the manufacturer recommends.
3. After using the solution, pour a bucket of water into the drain pipe and check if the clog has been eradicated. If you fail to solve the problem, use a plumbing snake instead.
4. A plumbing snake is great at removing clogs. If you don’t have one handy, there are stores or rental places where you can borrow one from. When you’re ready, insert the snake into the drain. Turn the tool’s crank clockwise to push it further inside. Once you’ve reached the clog, keep on pushing to break through it. If you’re successful, you won’t feel any resistance sooner or later. But if the clog is too stubborn, you might want to use a power drill to add force to your plumbing snake.
5. Power drills have off-hand attachments that you can use to connect your plumbing snake to it. When you’ve attached it properly, insert the end of the plumbing snake into the drain once again. Hold the tool with both of your hands and make sure that you won’t drop it. Turn the drill on and let the plumbing snake break the clog easier this time. Turn the power drill off when there’s no more blockage. You’ll know it’s gone when the plumbing snake is able to move around freely inside the pipe. Carefully pull the snake out and dispose the waste materials properly.
6. Lastly, inspect if the flow of water inside the drain pipe is smooth. Pour another bucket of water in the drain and watch if the clog has been removed.
We hope that you learned how to unclog a washer drain. If the problem persists, just call the best Miami Beach plumbing company for plumbing appliance services. Plumbers 911 Florida provides excellent plumbing services in Miami Beach FL including plumbing appliance installation, plumbing fixture repairs, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, water heater repair and many more! Call us at Miami (305) 662-0668, Fort Lauderdale (954) 468-0512, West Palm Beach (561) 327-6287 to schedule a service now!
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