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Old 05-25-11, 10:57 AM
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Hi, We just recently bought a new washer. Our problem is that the water drains so fast that it backs up and comes out into the floor, causing a big mess. Plus this can not be good for sheet rock walls. This did not happen with the old washer. We have checked and nothing seems to be stopped up. We have been told we might need an air vent, which we do not believe our contractor put in when he built our house 3 years ago. My question is how do we put this vent in? Can someone please tell us? Thanks,Vickycarol
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Is this a front load washer?

What is the diameter of the drain? I believe a 2" is code for a washer. If that isn't available, draining into a basin sink is an alternative. Problems arise with overflow if you have less than 2" because of the suds in the water. If you have a front load washer, you should be use the HE detergent which suds less. This could be part of the change between washers. The new washer may also discharge water much faster than the old one. As for venting, they have mechanical vents that are mounted inside the home so you don't have to run a pipe all the way to the roof. They may not meet code in all jurisdictions.
Old 05-25-11, 07:37 PM
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What exactly does the drain that the washer empties into look like?
If it is a stand pipe with a trap you can sometimes increase the size of the pipe and trap.
1 1/2" drains for washers are quite common but they are too small for many front loaders.

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