Drainage Machine

Washing Machine Drainage Hose

If you've noticed that your washing machine is:

then you may need to replace its drainage hose. While you can purchase a quality drainage hose for less than $10, you do need to understand what it does and how to properly install one to ensure you fix your problem instead of creating a new one.

What Does a Washing Machine Drainage Hose Do?

Two of a washing machine's main cycles are rinse and spin. During these cycles, water needs to be drained from the machine's basket. The drainage hose provides a way for this draining to occur. Once water clears through the hose, it goes into the drainage pipe. When everything is working properly, the hose and the pipe allow water to drain away without spilling or backing up. However, if there's a problem with the connection between the two or the hose wears out, it can cause water to spill into your utility room.

Not only can the water itself cause damage to your utility room walls, but if it's left standing, it can also lead to mold growth. To avoid both of these potentially serious problems, if you notice that water is not properly draining from your washer, it's a good idea for you to replace the drainage hose. While drainage hoses are fairly easy to install, keep in mind that if your machine has a floor drain, the installation will need to include a siphon break kit. This kit will allow the hose to transport water to the floor drain's pipe without any blockage.

How to Install a Washing Machine Drainage Hose

Before you start to install the hose, make sure that you fully disconnect the washing machine. The reason you need to completely disconnect it instead of simply turning it off is because a machine that's not unplugged can pose a significant shock hazard. Once your machine is unplugged, you will want to use an elbow bracket to form the end of the hose into a U-shape.

After you've connected the hose at both ends of the bracket, you can insert the end of the hose into the drain pipe. Keep in mind that when you put the hose into the pipe, you will want to make sure that it's not more than eight inches into the pipe. Having the hose any deeper than eight inches can result in a different set of drainage problems.

How to Properly Attach a Washing Machine Drainage Hose

When you secure the washing machine drainage hose, you will want to use a beaded tie strap. This will prevent the hose from kinking, but will also give it enough leeway to ensure that there are no issues with drainage. This type of strap should also be used to attach the hose to the stand pipe. A common mistake is using any type of tape to make this attachment. When that's done, it can prevent the hose from having enough ventilation and result in drainage issues.

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