Washing machine drain pipe overflowing.

Old 09-19-06, 06:46 PM
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Washing machine drain pipe overflowing.

I have a washer machine drain that I have to periodically snake, because the water overflows. I was wondering if you can buy some sort of cap to seal the this so that it does not overflow. Also if you do this will it cause any problems.
Old 09-20-06, 06:10 AM
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Washing machine drain water contains lots of lint. This is the major cause of clogs in their drain lines. Installing a cap will only cause more of a pressure build-up. The newer washers actually need a larger draineline than the older ones because the pump discharges water at a higher rate. Many new installations have a 2" drain rather than the older 1-1/2". Problem with snaking the line is that it is soft material and the snake can go through the clog and then it re-seals when you withdraw the snake. Try an enzyme drain cleaner such as Draincare by Zep. Enzyme cleaners cling to and eat organic clogs. Follow the label directions, including using hot water, and see if that doesn't solve your problem. Good luck.

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