Dealing With Washing Machine Drainage Issues? Make Sure Your Problem Is Not In The Plumbing

Every time you place your clothing in the washing machine for a wash cycle, you expect they'll be wrung out so they are quick to dry. If you open the door of the washing machine to find your clothes are still sopping wet, you know that you have a problem. While, in this situation, most are quick to point the finger of blame at the washing machine itself, a poor-draining washing machine could actually mean problems with plumbing in your home. Here are a few things you should check out before you go calling up an appliance repair technician.

Make sure the drain line connected to the washer is inserted at the proper depth.

Some modern washers will not drain well if the drainage hose from the washer is improperly situated into the drainage line. This is because the angle of the hose will prevent the expelled water from flowing naturally into the drain as it should, as the gravitational pressure will not allow it. Check your owner's manual for proper drainage hose placement and adjust it accordingly. 

Ensure you are not dealing with a clogged drainage pipe.

The drainage pipe which captures the expelled water from your washing machine can get clogged just like any other drain in the house, especially if the drain does not have a filter to collect debris from wash cycles. Remove the washing machine's drainage hose from the drainage pipe and use a flashlight to see if there is any standing water. If you see standing water, you could be dealing with a clog. You can try to eliminate the clog with a basic plumber's snake, but if the clog is beyond the drainage pipe itself, you may have to call a plumber to take a look. 

Check out your septic tank.

If the drain line from your washing machine leads into the septic system of your home, a problem with the machine not draining as it should could just mean that your tank is overfilled. If this is the problem, you will likely see issues with your washing machine draining properly, but you will also likely see problems with the expelled water trying to regurgitate back through other drains during the spin cycle. Get in touch with a septic tank professional like those at Tyler Contracting Co for advice if you suspect a full septic tank is causing the problems you are experiencing.