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Old 11-28-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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I have a problem in a rental, and am not sure what to do, so I'll turn to the ifish wealth of knowledge for suggestions.

One renter has a problem with her washing machine overflowing the discharge, and making a mess on the floor. Rooter rooter has been out twice and ran the lines, and they feel the line must not be the problem....

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #2
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Is it a front load washer?

Is it physically overflowing the drain, or is it giving you an error code to that effect?

If so, clean the pump filter. You can google how to do it.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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We had this issue in the house we used to rent, with the new washer at the time. Apparently in old days code for those drains was a smaller diameter than it is now. The washing machines now apparently pump more volume/minute than they used to. We were lucky there was a floor drain in the floor close to the washer....If the overflow is minor you might try partially restricting the flow a bit by clamping the hose?

The vent pipe to the roof can also be an issue, if it's partially plugged, but I would figure the rooter man knows that and checked.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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Probably not the main drain since the rooter says it is OK. Could it be that the machine has sprung a leek before it gets to the drain pipe.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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Need more info. Does it overflow the pipe as soon as the washer begins to pump out water, or near the end of the water discharge, when the tub is almost empty?
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:38 AM   #6
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Need more info. Does it overflow the pipe as soon as the washer begins to pump out water, or near the end of the water discharge, when the tub is almost empty?
I am willing to help, I am a journeyman plumber you can call me I will pm you.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:04 AM   #7
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Its a new (1 yr) top load washer. The overflow happens near the end of the rinse cycle.

I'm thinking the vent is ok since roto rooter ran the line throught he vent, but I may by wrong with that thinking... We'll try this first and see what happens...

In talking to people and reading online, it appears that if the newer machines use too much detergent, they can create so many suds in the wash cycle that it causes problems with the rinse cycle. Based on that I asked the renter to try one of the new low suds detergents, and let me know what happens....
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:47 AM   #8
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Make sure they are using HE detergent! If they use the standard stuff it creates to much suds and lots of it ends up on the floor.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:07 PM   #9
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Default Re: washing machine drain overflow problem

my buddy was having this problem, after several times having a plummer snake the drain he went out and bought a free standing wash basin. he has the washer drain into the sink and the sink drains into the house drain line

his problem was the houses drain line being slow, so now the washer can drain as fast as it needs to and with the sink it drains as slow as the house needs
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #10
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Grab a garden hose and spray water into the drain.
If there is no problem at full pressure (and volume ) from the hose then I doubt the pipe is the issue.

Is any other sink or tub draining at the same time somewhere else in the house?
Do you hear the drain pipe gurggling or burping?
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:54 PM   #11
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I has similar problem with my new washer. Drove a couple of screws into the end of the plastic discharge pipe to partially restrict /slow down the flow and all is fine now. You might try that.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:16 PM   #12
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Had simialar issue.

there is a tube that runs verticle to the tub and if it get clogged it does not know how much water is in the tank.

pull the front cover off you should see it if like mine GE.

discounect and run a camel back tube cleaner through it.

That is all the guy did when he came to my house 15 minutes.

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