Most homes have a laundry room where a washer and dryer (and sometimes a sink) are kept – and most people probably don't give a second thought to the plumbing in theirs. But the laundry room can also be a frequent site of leaks and clogs that can cause major plumbing issues. Check out the following laundry room plumbing tips to keep your laundry room's plumbing system running efficiently.
Run the washing machine only when it has a full load.
Inspect washing machine hoses for signs of wear. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. They last longer and are resistant to leaks and cracks.
Use a strainer on your washing machine hose. Hardware stores have strainers specially designed to fit laundry hoses.
Check exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks.
To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home through your laundry sink drain or other infrequently used drains, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full.
Install a flood alarm to warn of water from the washing machine or water heater leaking from the appliance or overflowing sinks.
Consider replacing a worn-out washing machine with a more efficient front-load model.
Check your washing machine hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace any hose showing signs of weakness.
Ensure that all drains have strainers to keep hair, soap and debris from entering and clogging the drain lines.
Apply Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield® to laundry drain lines once each month to keep lint and detergent scum from building up and causing clogs.