Fixing Clogged Washing Machines: What You Can Do On Your Own

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
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Dealing with a clogged washing machine can be difficult, especially if you are cleaning up from the mess it can cause. But, you will need to know what tools and methods to use to get the job done right. In fact, if you end up making a mistake, it could cost you in repairs. The good news is that if you know what you are doing, there are actually some DIY methods you can use to fix a clogged machine.

Know what causes a washing machine to clog

Before you can fix your washing machine, you should know what can cause it to need repairs in the first place. The most common cause of a clogged washing machine drain pipe is debris consisting of soap, lint, grease, and oils.

If you see water sitting in the machine and don’t have regular drain cleaning done, the pipes are likely clogged. If this is the case, it may be best to hire a professional plumbing company to clean your entire drain system.

Steps you can take

There are some things that you can do to help fix a clogged washing machine drain. Just remember that if you do not have all of the tools or the knowledge of how to use them, you could end up doing more damage. Some of the tools you will need include a basin, hex-shaped wrenches, drain augers or snakes (industrial is best), pipe and wire cutters, and conventional tools like screwdrivers.

1. You will first need to remove the drain pipe from the washing machine. This is located at the back of the equipment. Usually, a simple screwdriver can work for this, but you will also need a bucket to catch any water.

2. Next, you will need to remove the hose from this pipe. This is where the majority of clogs are located.

3. Once the hose has been removed from the drainpipe, you should be able to use the snake.

  • Insert it into the pipe and run the hose of the auger until you meet resistance.
  • Use the rotation knob to latch onto the clog.
  • Once the snake is connected to the debris, you can flush some liquid down the pipe and continue pressing the snake down. This should loosen the clog.
  • When you no longer feel resistance, you can slowly pull the snake back in.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing the above steps, you can try using non-caustic cleaning mixtures. These are typically made from hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. They don’t always work but can be effective. NEVER use chemical drain cleaners, as these can harm your plumbing pipes.

When you need to call in the professionals

There are limits to what you can do in a DIY project, especially when it comes to plumbing and appliances. If you don’t feel comfortable dealing with your appliances or working with a drain auger, call a local company that has the right tools. Also, if you think you may have other plumbing pipe issues, it is best to contact a plumber or appliance repair company.

Appliance repair and maintenance in the Texas Panhandle

When you need appliance or plumbing services in Amarillo and the surrounding areas, Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical can help. We provide a variety of professional services including residential Appliance Repair and commercial Plumbing. You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 or Send Us an Email for more information.