When you have a large, active family, you find that your washing machine gets plenty of use throughout the week. Even for those that run fewer loads, it is equally important to all that you not get stuck without the use of your washer and dryer. But the state of your laundry room plumbing goes beyond just the washing machine.

Before worrying about where the water comes in, first focus on where the water goes out. The potential of flooding your laundry room becomes more dangerous if that water doesn’t have the proper place to drain. Maintaining this drain also means more than allowing water to escape, but stopping sewage from coming up.

You will notice when your laundry room smells like a sewer. Gases in the pipes can back up over time, leaving the area with an unpleasant odor. To help remove that smell, fill a bucket with warm water and slowly dump it down the drain to flush it out. 

As your washing machine progresses through the various cycles, it needs to drain out the water. If your machine feeds into a sink, you will need one of two options to prevent bad clogs: a drain filter or a strainer. The strainer is a brilliant choice for collecting lint, hair, or anything else that could clog your plumbing. Just remember to check on the status of your strainer and replace it before it gets too full.

Now, for the places where your water runs into the laundry room, start with inspecting all of your hoses. A couple different hoses should connect to the back of your washing machine. Older hoses can deteriorate over time, leading to cracks and leaks. The leaks will not only cause water damage, but can affect the efficiency of your unit.

Many plumbers will recommend replacing old hoses with stainless steel braided hoses, which will not break down like rubber hoses. That’s not saying they are invincible. About twice a year, look at these hoses and their connections to be sure they are still in good shape and well connected.

It should not matter how many people the washing machine is servicing, either way you should efficiently use the unit. Do not waste water on a single item in the washer, or with a partial load. Wait until you have a full load, and if possible, keep the water cold. The temperature of the water, and how much water is used, plays a big role in how much you will spend on your utility bills.

Being more familiar with all aspects of your laundry room will help you not only prevent water damage, but also increase your energy efficiency. You can learn more about your laundry room and its plumbing by calling Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.