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Why Is My Washing Machine Clogged?

When your washing machine isn’t draining properly, the signs are obvious: soaking wet clothes or murky standing water. If the appliance repair pro determines that the washing machine isn’t at fault -- it’s spinning properly and its drain pump is functional -- then you can reasonably conclude that there’s a clog somewhere in the drain line.

What Causes a Washing Machine to Clog?

You know how you always seem to lose a sock every time you do a load? Your washing machine has a pumping mechanism that pulls water out of the appliance. The occasional sock or pair of underwear can get sucked into the drain tube, where it will cause a lot of trouble. (Pro tip: Keep small garments in a washable nylon sack when doing the laundry to keep them from going down the drain.) Of course, each load of laundry also produces lint and soap scum. These, too, can conspire to form a stubborn clog.

Poor venting can also be a culprit. Your washing machine’s drain pipe needs air for water to flow properly. Without venting, your washing machine will drain slowly or not at all.

How to Fix a Clogged Washing Machine

  • Turn off the appliance and disconnect the power.
  • Pull the appliance away from the wall so you can access the drain line.
  • Turn off the cold water feed to the washing machine.
  • Pull the drainage hose out from the vertical pipe (called a stand pipe) and drain out the water into a bucket.
  • Inspect the drainage hose for any clogs.
  • If the drainage hose is clear, place a bucket under the P-trap.
  • Twist off the nuts connecting the P-trap to the stand pipe and the drain line. (You shouldn’t need tools. They should only be hand tight.) Expect water to drain out as you disconnect it.
  • Inspect the P-trap for any obstructions.

Nothing there? You likely have a clog deep within the drain line -- perhaps a missing sock. In that case, a plumber will use an auger to clear it out. The Garland drain cleaning specialists are happy to help! To schedule your appointment, call (214) 997-6707.