Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
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Water overflowing from drain pipe

The drain hose is properly inserted into the drain pipe. After over a year of use with no problems, the water overflows out of the drain pipe back into the laundry room. The plumber has been out twice and snaked the drain through the drain and from the roof. He ran the garden hose through the pipe for ten minutes with no back up. There is also a sink and a toilet on the same line and they work fine. I use High Efficiency liquid laundry soap and I don't use more than the recommended amount. When I run the drain hose into the sink instead of into the pipe, I can see that for a short period

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Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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The problem with the new washing machines, is that they dump 20-22 gallons of water in 4-5 seconds. This amount is far more than the garden hose test will submit the drain to. Here are a number of solutions, I hope that one of these will help you. #1 As mentioned above, you can restrict the flow of the drain pipe. I recommend a 3/4" x 6" brass nipple, or a 1/2" x 6" brass nipple, depending on your specific situation. The brass nipple will not corrode like a galvanized nipple. #2 There is also a rubber cap that you attach to the drain pipe that fits around the drain hose tightly. #3 Some situations might require that you have to raise your drain pipe. It is recommended that it be at least 36". This allows for gravity to assist the drain. #4 Some situations will require that the drain pipe be increase in diameter. Older plumbing applications were installed using 1 1/2" piping. With the newer washing machine discharge volume, the 1 1/2" pipes will not support the discharge. Your drain line will need to be changed to 2". This option will be one of the more costly fixes, depending on the amount of line that needs to be changed. #5 Some plumbing installations installed without a p-trap will need to be changed. The p-trap keeps sewer gas from coming back into the house. It also allows for a smooth transition into the drain line. Any restrictions in the drain line (i.e. ells, tees,) will cause the soap in the gray water to foam up which will cause the drain line to slowly back up. I hope these solutinons help.
If the water is backing up from the standpipe then you obviously have a problem. The most important thing is to properly diagnose the problem. There are many factors that come into play, however. Factor #1 - Is there a clog in the line? Run a water hose in the standpipe and see if it backs up. If so, the line needs to be cleaned out with a 3/8" drain cable. Then test the performance of the washing machine. Factor #2 - Did you recently get a new washing machine? The reason I ask is because newer washing machines have a higher output than those manufactured 10 or more years ago. If the washing machine is new, and it is backing up during the spin cycle, but the machine you just replaced was draining with no problem, or you have tested the line with a water hose, then the problem is the stand pipe. The STANDPIPE is the pipe the hose sits inside to drain. When the home was built, the standpipe was sized at 1 1/2 inches to handle the output of the washing machine. The pipe and it's trap are that size until they dump into a 2" drain line which runs into a 4" drain line. THE SOLUTION is to replace the 1 1/2 standpipe and trap with a 2" standpipe and trap. The larger pipe and trap will handle the higher output of the new washer allowing easier access to the 2" drain.

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