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Clearing a Clogged Washer Drain

Washer drains can become clogged, sometimes even with small articles of clothing. This is a page about clearing a clogged washer drain.
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February 12, 2019

I had a problem with my washing machine. The pipe that drained the dirty water was clogged, so dirty water was flowing out of it and into the bottom of the house. I have a home warranty (if I can get rid of it, let me know!) but I also have "a guy." He comes over for $20, while the home warranty comes over for $100. Well, he couldn't fix it, so I called the home warranty people. My guy used a snake, and they used a snake, left, and had to come over again with a longer snake. My guy said to use drain cleaner at first, but that didn't work.

Well, yesterday, it backed up again, and I don't even have the 20 to spare, so I got a bottle of Liquid Plumber, brand name, not the stuff I had bought before, I guess. It didn't work last night, but I let it sit overnight, and, hooray, it worked! For those of you going "duh," well, I didn't know I didn't have to call for 3 visits and 3 different snakes. I nearly went out and bought a snake so I wouldn't have to call anyone, but I decided to let Liquid Plumber work first, and it worked. Hooray!

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If you know a better remedy than Liquid Plumber, well, I'm sure you do, but instead of building a Big Bang Theory chemistry set, I will use Liquid Plumber until I know better.

Thanks for reading.

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October 19, 2010

I have a clogged drain in my clothes washing machine. We live upstairs and the pipe is too long for a snake. Can I try to fix this myself?

By Margaret Lynn Isaac from Fullerton, CA

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

I recently had this very same problem. I found a product at the hardware store called "Liquid Lightning" which cleared up the blockage in about 15 minutes.

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Just follow the directions on the bottle. A word of caution: avoid any of this product splashing on you, it actually ate little holes in my T-shirt! So I knew it had to be working on lint in the drain!

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February 20, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Maytag 2000 Performance series. First of all, avoid this machine at all costs. It is nothing but trouble. I will never ever buy a Maytag ever again. Again, this machine has become clogged. I'm tired of paying a repair man to remove the front panel and pull a sock out of the drain. I would like to do this myself, but I cannot readily access the screws in which to do this. Any ideas? This is a stacked unit, and the dryer is attached on top of the washer. The repair man has removed the front panel before, seemingly without difficulty.

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While I'm at it, where on this good green earth can I find a repair/service manual for this? Surely someone has posted one online.

By Lori S.

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful

My washer is clogged and I don't know how to get it unclogged. If someone could tell me how to get it unclogged so that I do not have to get a handy man to come and do it, that would be great.

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Amanda from Jeff City, MO

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October 19, 20100 found this helpful

How do you clean out a drain from your washing machine?

By Cathy from Apple Valley, CA

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Unclogging Washing Machine Drain Pipe

It's possible that it's clogged with a combination of lint and suds. You may have to run a 'snake' to dislodge everything. One other way, is to go to a very good Paint Store (for professionals and contractors) and get a box of TSP (TriSodium Phosphate).

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Get a large Stain. Steel pot (4-6qts) and boil the water; then add 1 cup of TSP; stir well to dissolve. Remove drain hose from pipe, and (with a large funnel) pour the TSP down the pipe. You may have to do this 2 or 3 times depending on how bad the clog is but the pipe will be 'whistle clean' when finished. (02/18/2010)

By Cajun

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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

My washing machine works, however, during the spin cycle water gushes out of the drain pipe and leaves a flood on the floor. What can I do to clear out the drain line? Thank you.

Ann

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Unclogging Washing Machine Drain Pipe

We had to get a snake to unclog ours. A snake is a coiled wire that will go down the drain and you turn it to loosen the clog. There are two kinds that you can get. One is like a spring and the other is flat. I would get the coiled one. We got one that was over 20 feet for about $20.00 at Lowes.

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Unclogging Washing Machine Drain Pipe

I have had the same problem. I used regular Drano or any other pipe unclogger as I would the kitchen or bathroom sink. Just remember to pour hot water down it. (02/06/2009)

By Jane32425

Unclogging Washing Machine Drain Pipe

My husband put the garden hose down the washing machine drain, and turned it on high. This forced the clog out. (02/14/2009)

By Loretta B.

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