Plumbing issues can take a serious toll on your laundry room. The good news is there are several strategies that can help you prevent water damage and keep your laundry room safe and dry. At Roto-Rooter, we encourage homeowners to adhere to these tips in order to reduce their risk of laundry room plumbing issues.
Examine Supply Lines
Many plumbing issues occur when there is a problem with the washing machine supply lines. In order to prevent a leak, start by examining your supply lines on a regular basis. If you notice any leaks, cracks, or blisters, you may need to replace your supply lines or hire a professional to resolve the issue.
Upgrade Your Standpipe
If you live in an older home, you may have a 1 ½ inch standpipe and p-trap for your laundry. Since this is typically too small for modern day washing machines, upgrading to a 2-inch standpipe and p-trap can save you a great deal of problems down the road.
Be Strategic About Laundry Appliance Placement
When you are organizing your laundry room, think about more than just convenience and aesthetics. Be sure your washing machine is away from the wall so that the supply lines don’t get blocked. Your washing machine should also be level and placed on an even surface so that it functions properly and does not cause any leaks.
Use a Drain Filter
Since drainage from your washing machine may feed into the laundry sink or directly into the drain, it’s a good idea to use a drain filter. A drain filter can catch debris that may drain out along with the washing water and prevent a clogged drain in your laundry room. If your drain filter is inside your washing machine, get into the habit of checking it and emptying it on a regular basis.
Leave the Washing Machine Lid Open After Washing a Load
Every time you’ve washed a load of laundry, leave the lid of the washing machine open to give the rubber gasket time to dry. If you do not do this, you may notice the growth of mold and mildew, which can make its way into the loads of clothing you’re washing.
Inspect Your Laundry Sink
If your washing machine drains into your laundry sink, it’s essential to inspect it frequently. Look for cracks or leaks and check the drain pipe for any problems. In the event your sink drains slowly, your drain may be blocked and require a professional inspection by an experienced plumber.
Metal washers are prone to wear and tear and can lead to strange sounds and leaks. Therefore, don’t forget to replace them if you change the supply lines or connections for your washing machine.
Opt for a Yearly Inspection
Once a year, contact a professional to perform a thorough assessment of your laundry home. By doing so, you can save big on repair and maintenance costs, as well as water bills. In addition, you can avoid unexpected plumbing catastrophes.
These tips can help you avoid a situation where you return to your laundry room to prepare another load and find water all over the floor. If you have any questions related to laundry room plumbing or would like a professional inspection, contact Roto-Rooter today.