Plumbing issues can cause significant damage to your laundry room before you even realize there is one. Staying aware of the potential plumbing problems that could arise can help you prevent water damage and keep your laundry safe and dry. A qualified and experienced plumber is your best ally when it comes to keeping your laundry plumbing intact and functioning. Here we look at 7 of the most important tips to keep in mind for preventing problems with your laundry room plumbing.
Check Supply Lines
Washing machine supply lines are one of the most common sites for plumbing mishaps and issues to occur. Checking your washing machine supply lines regularly helps to avoid leaks or downright flooding. Inspect supply lines at least twice a year for any signs of leaks, cracks, blisters, or bubbling. Pay attention to the connections at both the faucet and the washing machine as well. Connections may need tightening or complete replacement.
If you change the supply lines or connections for your washing machine, don’t forget to replace the metal washers, too. These can wear out over time and are a common cause of leaks and strange sounds from your plumbing.
Organize Placement of Laundry Appliances
The way you organize your laundry room can even help you avoid plumbing issues. Be sure to pull your washing machine away from the wall a little so that the supply lines don’t kink; doing this will keep the lines from getting blocked. Ensure that none of your appliances are too close together and that your washing machine is level and on an even surface. This helps your washer to function correctly and avoid leaks.
Use A Drain Filter
Drainage from your washing machine may feed into the laundry sink or directly into the drain. If possible, use a drain filter to catch any particles, debris, or lint that may drain out with the washing water. These particles can build up and clog your laundry drain over time. To prevent drain blockages, collect as much of this debris as possible before it enters the drain and clear filters regularly. In some cases, your drain filter may be inside the washing machine, so be sure to check and empty it regularly.
Check Laundry Drains
Laundry drain damage or blockages can quickly lead to major flooding and plumbing issues in your laundry. This is even more of a reason to use a drain filter and to have your laundry drains inspected whenever you have a plumber come around. Never let anything go down the laundry drain except for washing and rinsing water.
Inspect Laundry Sink
Your laundry sink can get a lot of use, particularly if your washing machine drains into it. Check for any leaks or cracks and inspect the drain pipe for any issues. Assess faucets for leaks or strange noises, as this could indicate the need for replacement of the metal washer. If your sink drains slowly it could be a sign of a drain blockage. Always address a potential blockage quickly with a professional inspection by a qualified plumber to prevent major issues.
Annual plumbing inspections can help you catch laundry room plumbing issues early and avoid disastrous complications. Your local certified plumber can offer a professional plumbing inspection for your laundry room and your entire home to help you identify potential issues early, reduce maintenance and repair costs, and find more ways to save water at home.
Taking regular care of your laundry room plumbing helps to prevent major blockages and flooding. Make use of these tips and contact Magnificent Plumbing and Rooter for a maintenance inspection to keep your laundry room plumbing functioning optimally.