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Washing Machine Clogs

It's been a long day, but mounds of laundry are waiting for you when you return home from work.Easy enough – you start a batch and get dinner going.One quick check on the laundry and instead you find a washing machine full of water that won't drain! your washing machine has a clog.Somewhere.Even though it seems like an insurmountable problem, it can be a pretty simple plumbing repair.Here are a few quick tips to locate and remove the clog with ease! the first place to check is your washing machine hose.If the machine is not draining water, you probably have a clog in the hose.Bra wires, clothing and even lint can get trapped in the hose and cause a clog.Before you start taking apart the washer, make sure the sewer line is not clogged, which would be a much larger plumbing problem.Visit other rooms in your house – such as the kitchen or bathroom – and make sure the sinks drain easily.If these sinks also will not drain, it's time to call a plumber because the sewer line is clogged.If there is no problem with the sewer line, the main hose is the probable location of the clog.Empty the machine of clothes, towels and other items.Fill the machine with hot water with a low water setting and pour one cup of white vinegar into the water.The vinegar should cut through the clog and flush it from the hose.Run the machine through a regular cycle without any clothing, towels or fabrics.Then test it by washing a large load of laundry.If the clog persists, start prepping your washer to inspect the hose visually.There will be a lot of water coming out of the hose and machine, so consider moving the washer into a garage or closer to a drain in the laundry room floor.If neither of these are an option, keep a bucket handy to catch the water.Remove the back of the washing machine with a phillips head screwdriver.There will only be three drain hoses in the back of your machine.You may also have to remove the bottom cover of the machine to access the hoses.Before you disconnect the main drain hose, prepare for excess water to flow out of it.To remove the hose, place pliers over the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the washer.Turn the pliers counter-clockwise to loosen the hose grip.Remove the hose by pulling straight out and away from the washer.Now it's time to check for clogs.Look for kinks or bends in the hose first.The hose from the washing machine to the drain is thin and bendable, so kinks and clogs can happen pretty easily.Remove one end of the hose free from the clamp.If the hose has never been removed before, it may be a little stubborn and needs to be loosened with a flat head screwdriver.Use a small drain snake from a plumbing supply store to check for and clear any clogs.If you do not have a small drain snake, a metal coat hanger that has been straightened will also work.Remember, clogs may not always be evident, so you will need to remove the hose completely and run water or compressed air through it until the clog is gone.Once the clog is cleared, replace the hose.Make sure it is clamped to the machine tightly.Try to run a test load through the machine before you move it back into place.If you are in your garage, consider attaching the garden hose to the cold water intake for a test run.If you don't feel comfortable taking apart the washing machine yourself, contact a local plumbing contractor.This person will be happy to unclog your machine and get it up and running before you know it.

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