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Washing Machine Drain Finding The Right Plumber

Washing machines typically are supplied with a flexible plastic or rubber hose which is connected to a drain point located near the rear base of the washing machine with a hose clamp. This hose is flexible too contact the best plumber on the Northern Beaches:

  • Allow the washing machine to be moved in and out of its location for servicing and to gain access to the hose connections at the rear.
  • Minimize issues with the vibrations transmitted from the washing machine during its cycles.


Remember that the water after washing your clothes is pumped from the washing machine. If it is not installed correctly, flooding may occur.

The choices you have to connect the other end of this flexible hose from the washing machine is to:

  • The laundry tub. The older style laundry tubs had the washing machine drain line simply draped over the edge of a laundry tub or utility sink, where they empty to the sink or tubs drain. In some cases, the tub or sink, was plugged and filled with the used washing water.  This used water was returned to the washing machine, via a suds return hose, to minimise water wastage by pre-washing another load of  heavily soiled work clothes. New laundry tubs have a washing machine drain hose connection, at the rear, and on both sides. A plug is provided by the manufacturer to plug the unused side

1.    What is the water pressure of the hot and cold water services?

  • The operation of fast acting solenoid valves within the washing machine may cause water hammer. Washing machines and dishwashers being the main culprits of this occurring. Water hammer arrestors will be needed if your water pressures are found to be high. An alternative is to install a pressure reduction valve. This can be located at the start of  the cold water system.
  • Connect a pressure gauge to the cold water service and write down the readings. Authority water main pressures can fluctuate considerably. Get a reading in the early hours of the morning and during peak times of the early evening. If on private tank water this will be unnecessary.

2.    Determine the plumbing materials and fittings required to plumb the washing machine up.

  • What connections have been provided by the washing machine manufacturer? Have you got them?
  • What are the connection sizes for the water connectors?
  • How long are the hoses and will they reach your desired connection points.
  • Are the washing machine tap threads the same as the hose connectors?

3.    Determine the plumbing materials of the new and existing services.

  • Specialised fittings may be required when connecting to older piping services.
  • write a list of the existing pipe materials, sizes and fittings needed to make connections. (that is if you need to extend the plumbing services to your desired locations?
  • Write a list of the new piping and fittings required to be installed

4.    Is there a floor drain in the room for your washing machine installation?

  • Does the floor drain connect to the sewer drainage?
  • Does the floor drain discharge via an open end to the garden outside?
  • Does the floor drain directly to the outdoors – no drain needed.
  • If none of the above plan how the floor will drain to prevent damage from accidental flooding by washing machine or laundry tub overflows or hoses bursting.
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