Steps For Troubleshooting A Plumbing Failure

37737821_sThere are several electrical appliances in your home that are a part of your plumbing system. While it might seem strange to think of electricity and water working together it does happen in a number of rooms throughout your house.

In fact, electrical appliances connected to your plumbing system help you to get a variety of tasks done each day with a lot more efficiency. For instance, your washing machine allows you to get laundry done all day long, without having to go to the Laundromat or, even worse, the wash basin and scrub by hand.

But, what happens when one of these appliances breaks down? Who is responsible for the repair? Here are some tips that you can follow to troubleshoot a break down with your washing machine:

  1. A washing machine that doesn’t drain water. When you start a load of laundry in your washing machine, the tub fills with the appropriate amount of water for the setting, mixes in the soap, and then agitates the clothing to wash them. Then there is a period where the used water drains out of the tub, to make room for more water that will rinse the clothing.
    1. The used water is then routed out of the washing machine tub, through a drain hose on the back of the unit, and into the plumbing pipes that carry it to the septic or sewer system for your home. When there is something clogging the drain hose, the washing machine tub cannot drain water and you are left with a washing machine tub full of used water and soaking wet clothes. A plumber will need to come and inspect the drain hose and the plumbing pipe to clear the clog.
    2. The used water is then routed out of the washing machine tub, by way of a pump inside of the unit, through a drain hose, and into the plumbing pipes. If the washing machine pump is not working, the water will not drain out. You will need to contact an appliance repair person to inspect the pump and determine if it needs repair or replacing.

The best way to decide if it is clog or pump is to try and find and then clear a clog. Look inside of the drain hose with a flash light and see if you can identify any solid debris. If you have one, run a drain claw down into the drain hose and try to catch any debris that is in the hose. If you are able to clean out the drain hose, and the unit still does not drain, it is likely the pump.

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