What To Do With A Laundry Drain Clogged

laundry drain cloggedThe washing machine is a valuable appliance that every home should have. Because of it, you would never have to spend more money paying for laundry services. You won’t have to wash your clothes by hand. All you have to do is load your dirty clothes in it, push the button and wait for your stuff to come out clean and fresh. Yes, that easy. You won’t really break a sweat. However, you can’t deny the fact that the washing machine doesn’t always function smoothly. There are times when it won’t complete its cycle. There are times when it won’t turn on at all. And then, there are times when its drain is clogged. To unclog the washer’s drain, just read on and follow our guide.

What Causes Drain Clogs?


The washing machine drain gets clogged because of all the dirt, lint and mud that come from your dirty clothes. During the wash cycle, these sediments are removed from the clothes and are washed away or disposed from the machine through the drain pipe. Now as these particles pass through the tube, some of them just linger or get stuck thus resulting to blockages.

The DIY Guide


1. Locate your washing machine’s drain. Most of the time, it is found at the back of the unit or under it.

2. Now once you’ve found it, detach the washer’s hose from the main drain. This way, you can directly access the drain pipe that’s clogged up.

3. Get your choice of drain unclogger. Guarantee that it is free from toxic chemicals that may damage the pipe in the long run. Follow the instructions indicated on the label. Most of the time, the unclogger mixture should be poured directly into the pipe and allowed to sit for a particular amount of time. Afterwards, a bucket of water should be emptied into the pipe to test if the blockage has been removed.

4. If the unclogger fails to eradicate the clog, you’ll then have to use a plumbing snake. If you don’t have this tool yet, you can buy or rent one from a plumbing supply shop.

5. Insert the plumbing snake into the drain pipe and rotate its crank to push it further. Once it touches on a solid object, just keep on turning its handle clockwise to be able to crush the obstruction into smaller pieces. When you no longer feel any resistance, slowly pull the plumbing snake out and dispose the waste materials you’ll catch properly.

6. If the clog is too difficult to remove or break into smaller pieces, you can attach the plumbing snake to a power drill. Doing so will give it more power. Simply attach the snake to the off-hand attachment of your drill. Insert the snake into the drain again and hold it with two hands. Turn the drill on and let the two tools work together to get rid of the clog.

7. Assuming that you successfully unclog your washing machine drain, remember that you still have to pour a bucket of water into it before using the washer again. The water will wash away the remnants of the clog and test if the problem has been resolved.

8. Connect the washing machine’s hose to the drain and run it for one cycle. Ensure that there are no leaks coming from the drain connection.

We hope that our blog today has taught you what to do with a laundry drain clogged. If the problem persists, just call a trusted Hollywood plumber to repair your plumbing appliance. Plumbers 911 Florida provides local plumbing services in Hollywood FL including plumbing appliances installation, plumbing fixture repair, water heater repair, water heater service, gas system installation and many more! Call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!

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Posted on: February 19, 2015