Laundry Room Plumbing Tips and Maintenance
Run the washing machine only when it has a full load. Inspect washing machine hoses for signs of wear. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. They last longer and are resistant to leaks and cracks. Ensure that all drains have strainers to keep hair, soap and debris from entering and clogging the drain lines. Use a strainer on your washing machine hose. Hardware stores have strainers specially designed to fit laundry hoses. Check exposed pipes under sinks for signs of leaks. Apply Roto-Rooter® Pipe Shield® to laundry drain lines once each month to keep lint and detergent scum from building up and causing clogs. To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home through your laundry sink drain or other infrequently used drains, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full. Install a flood alarm to warn of water from the washing machine or water heater leaking from the appliance or overflowing sinks. Conserve energy and prevent scalding by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium setting on older models. Consider replacing a worn out washing machine with a more efficient front-load model. Never store flammable liquids such as gasoline, adhesives or solvents near the water heater, furnace or other gas-fired appliance as they may ignite. Never store flammable liquids such as gasoline, adhesives or solvents near the water heater, furnace or other gas-fired appliance as they may ignite.