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How to Prevent Clogs in Your Washing Machine

Preventing clogs in bathrooms and kitchens is relatively common knowledge in most Littleton households. Homeowners have a variety of tools and strategies at their disposal to do so, from installing hair catchers over shower drains to avoiding pouring used grease into the kitchen sink. But there are other drains in the home that can become clogged as well if you’re not careful, like the washing machine.

What to Do with a Washing Machine Clog in the Drain

Houses often designate a relatively tucked away space to be used as a laundry room, remaining out of sight unless you’re currently in the process of cleaning your clothes. As such, maintenance of the laundry room doesn’t often come to mind. But a clog in the drain of your washing machine could lead to serious issues. Too much pressure in the drainage hose could lead to leaking and water damage. Additionally, if the used and dirty water isn’t fully drained away, that means your clothes aren’t getting properly cleaned in the process.

There are two main ways to prevent clogs in your washing machine.

  1. Install a Lint Trap 

Similar to hair traps for your shower drain, you can attach a lint trap to your drainage hose. This prevents particulates like hair, lint, and other debris from reaching your drain and forming a blockage. Keep in mind that if you install such a trap, it will need to be emptied on a regular basis.

  1. Routinely Snake Your Drain

Using a plumber’s snake, you can break up small blockages in your drain. In order for this to be effective, it needs to be done regularly to prevent the clogs from becoming too large and unmanageable. If you choose to use this method of maintenance, ensure that you are using the appropriate tool for the job, as the wrong size or type could end up damaging your pipes.

Call in a Pro for Your Washing Machine Clog Today

If you suspect that a clog has already formed in the drain of your washing machine, Efficient Plumbing can help. We have a team of professional plumbers that can properly assess the situation and determine how best to remove the clog. Additionally, we can perform regular drain cleaning to prevent clogs from forming in the first place. Contact us today!


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