Are you experiencing a foul smell coming from your washing machine? Does your machine drain water slowly or not at all? It's possible that your washing machine's drain hose is clogged. Fortunately, Drainage Cumbria, a drain cleaning company in Cumbria, can help you clean out the drain hose of your washing machine. In this article, we'll go over the methods that we use to clean out washing machine drain hoses, as well as some tips and advice on preventing future clogs.
Before we dive into the methods of cleaning a washing machine drain hose, let's discuss why it's important to keep your machine's drain hose clean. Over time, dirt, lint, and other debris can accumulate in the drain hose, causing it to become clogged. When this happens, water may not drain properly from the machine, and foul smells may begin to emanate from the machine or the area around it. Additionally, a clogged drain hose can cause water to overflow from the machine, potentially damaging your floors or walls.
Cleaning your washing machine's drain hose regularly can help prevent these issues from occurring. It can also help extend the life of your washing machine, as a clogged drain hose can put additional strain on the machine's motor.
Here at Drainage Cumbria, we use a variety of methods to clean out washing machine drain hoses. The method we use depends on the severity of the clog and the type of washing machine you have.
If the clog in your washing machine drain hose isn't too severe, we may be able to clear it out using a drain snake. A drain snake is a long, flexible cable that can be inserted into the drainpipe to remove clogs. First, we will disconnect the washing machine from the water and power supply. Then, we'll remove any standing water from the machine and place towels around the machine to catch any water that may spill out during the cleaning process.
Next, we'll locate the drain hose on the back of your washing machine and disconnect it. We'll then insert the drain snake into the hose and push it through until we encounter the clog. We'll then work the drain snake back and forth until the clog is dislodged. Once the clog is cleared, we'll reconnect the drain hose and test the machine to ensure it's draining properly.
For more severe clogs, we may need to use a plumbing snake to clear the drain hose. A plumbing snake is a thicker, sturdier cable than a drain snake and is more effective at removing tough clogs. The process for using a plumbing snake is similar to that for using a drain snake, but we will use a larger snake to clear the clog.
If the clog in your washing machine drain hose is particularly stubborn, we may need to use a hydro jet to clear it out. A hydro jet is a high-pressure water stream that can blast away even the toughest clogs. We'll first disconnect the washing machine from the water and power supply and remove any standing water from the machine. Next, we'll insert the hydro jet into the drain hose and blast away the clog.
In some cases, we may use chemicals to help dissolve clogs in your washing machine drain hose. This method is typically used as a last resort, as chemicals can be harmful to the environment and may damage your pipes if not used properly. If we do use chemicals, we'll follow all safety precautions and ensure that the chemicals are properly diluted before use.
Once we've cleaned out your washing machine drain hose, there are several steps you can take to prevent future clogs. Here are some tips to keep your washing machine's drain hose clean:
A lint trap can help catch lint and other debris before it enters your washing machine's drain hose. Be sure to clean the lint trap regularly to ensure that it's working properly.
Be sure to check your pockets for any loose items, such as coins or keys, before washing your clothes. These items can get stuck in the washing machine drain hose and cause clogs.
Using too much detergent can cause excess suds, which can lead to clogs in the washing machine drain hose. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when measuring detergent.
Running hot water through your washing machine on a regular basis can help flush out any debris that may have accumulated in the drain hose.
Regular maintenance can help catch potential clogs before they become serious issues. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance with Drainage Cumbria to keep your washing machine in top condition.
If you're experiencing issues with your washing machine drain hose, don't hesitate to contact Drainage Cumbria. We offer a variety of drain cleaning services in Cumbria and the surrounding areas, and our expert technicians can quickly and easily clean out your washing machine's drain hose using the methods described above. Additionally, as a customer of Drainage Cumbria, you'll receive the best promotions and personal advice for your washers. Call us today at 01228 734162 or visit our service page on our website to find the answer to your problem quickly and easily.